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Baijayant likely to join BJP today

4/03/2019 at 1:00 PM

Bhubaneswar: Former Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda is likely to join the BJP today.

Panda, who represented Kendrapara Lok Sabha seat till his resignation from Lok Sabha last year, would join the party in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah in Delhi in the evening, sources said.

He was first suspended from BJD by its president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in January last year over charges of anti party activities. He subsequently resigned from the party as well as Lok Sabha in May and June last year, respectively.

Panda has been at the receiving end of Patnaik’s displeasure after he called for ‘introspection’ in the wake of BJP’s sterling performance in 2017 panchayat elections. Since Modi became Prime Minister in 2014, Panda has been heaping praise on him while questioning Patnaik’s working style through newspaper articles.

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