Bhubaneswar: Tusharkanti Behera, Tusharkanti Behera candidate for Kakatpur Assembly segment today joined BJD in presence of party president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at Naveen Niwas here.
Behera is the second BJP nominee, after Bhagirathi Sethy, to join the ruling party. Sethy was the BJP nominee for the Anandpur Assembly seat. The fresh jolt came for BJP on a day when the Prime Minister was targeting Naveen patnaik Government while addressing an election rally in Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district.
Welcoming Behera to the party fold, Patnaik said Behera’s joining will strengthen the party.
Behera said he quit BJP as people kept asking him about the two crore job promise made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014 elections.
“I had no answers for them. I was feeling embarrassing to go to the people seeking votes. Hence, I quit the BJP and joined BJD,” said Behera.
BJD has repeated Sura Sethy from Kakatpur Assembly seat.