Bhubaneswar: Samir Mohanty has been elected unopposed as the president of Odisha BJP unit today.
Mohanty, who was earlier the vice-president of the State unit of the party, will hold office for the next three years. Mohanty replaced Basanta Panda, who became the BJP State unit chief in January 2016.
“Senior leader Samir Mohanty is elected as the new president of BJP’s Odisha unit,” announced party observer for organisational polls Narendra Singh Tomar.
The 60-year-old Mohanty was the sole candidate to file nomination for top party position in the State. He got unanimous support from the district presidents and the State party council members for his elevation to the top post of the party.
Though former State BJP presidents KV Singhdeo, Jual Oram, Suresh Pujari and Manmohan Samal were the top contenders to lead the party’s State unit, but Mohanty emerged as a consensual nominee to become new Odisha BJP president.