Bhubaneswar: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today restructured its women wing in a bid to strengthen its organisation and take up party activities more expeditiously ahead of 2019 election.
A communication issued by the regional party stated that former minister Pramila Mallik was removed as the president of Biju Mahila Janata Dal and elevated to the post of party’s vice-president. She will also remain as the advisor to the women wing.
Minati Behera has replaced Pramila as the chief of women wing. Hours after she resigned as the State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), Behera, a noted social activist has been given the top post of the women wing of BJD.
Jyoti Panigrahi and Kasturi Mohapatra, who had earlier held the post of chairperson for State Commission for women (SCW) and Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) respectively, have been appointed as co-advisors of Biju Mahila Janata Dal.
Similarly, Lopamudra Buxipatra, who tendered her resignation as the chairperson of State Commission for Women in the morning today, has been posted as the working president of the wing.
Apart from Buxipatra, three others-Shreemayee Sweta Snigdha Mishra, Sulochana Das, Gitanjali Bastia have been given the post of working president of Biju Mahila Janata Dal. Similarly, Sulata Deo and Elina Dash have been given the post of general secretary and secretary respectively.
The party further clarified that State Committee and District Committee of the women wing have remained as it is.
Soon after the reorganisation, Lopamudra Buxipatra said “Any task the party wants to give me, I would discharge the duty properly. I resigned from the post of SCW chairperson only to give more time for party organisation”.