Bhubaneswar: Senior leader Samir Mohanty took charge as president of the Odisha BJP in the party’s State head officer here on Friday morning. Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Pratap Charan Sarangi, party’s Odisha-in-charge Arun Singh and other senior saffron leaders were present.
Mohanty replaced Basant Panda as BJP Odisha chief.
It may be noted that Mohanty had been elected as BJP State president unopposed as none other than him had filed nominations for the crucial post. Election was scheduled to be held on Friday.
Prior to this new post, Mohanty had been working as vice-president of the party State unit since 2016.
He had started political life during his student life. He was the joint secretary of ABVP Bhubaneswar City unit in 1977. He then became general secretary of the Khordha PN College Students’ Union as an ABVP candidate. He became ABVP State vice-president in 1980.
He joined the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Manch in 1983 and became its State general secretary next year. He worked as an Assistant Information Officer in the Bhubaneswar Development Authority during 1985-95. After resigning from this Government job in 1995, he was appointed as BJP Bhubaneswar district vice-president.
In 2003, he successfully contested elections for the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation. He was also nominated as President of the State Cooperative Housing Corporation Ltd.