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Finally, Raghunath Mohanty quits BJD

Bhubaneswar: As expected, former Minister and senior BJD leader Raghunath Mohanty resigned from the prime membership of the party this morning. He submitted his resignation letter to party supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at Naveen Niwas here.

Mohanty had resigned as Chairman of the Odisha Lift Irrigation Corporation yesterday. It was then speculated that he took the move to put pressure on the party chief to give him a ticket to contest from the Basta Assembly seat in Balasore district which he represented to the Assembly five times in the past.

As no positive sign was seen by him, Mohanty submitted his resignation. He alleged that the BJD is now running by a group of selfish persons and has deviated from its principle of following ideals of late Biju Patnaik.

Responding to media queries, Mohanty said he would soon take a decision regarding his next plan whether he would contest the election this year or not.

Now, speculation is rife that he might join the BJP and get a ticket to contest from his old Basta seat.

It may be noted that Mohanty had been arrested in a dowry torture case lodged against him and his other family members by his daughter-in-law in 2011. However, the family disturbance was resolved latter and the suspension on him was lifted by the BJD supremo. Following this, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Odisha Lift Irrigation Corporation in 2017.

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