Bhubaneswar, Dec 2: Former Koraput MP Jayaram Pangi on Saturday joined Odisha Congress.
Pangi along with his supporters joined the party at the Congress Bhawan here in Bhubaneswar.
Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) President Sarat Pattanayak and senior leaders were present at the joining ceremony ahead of 2024 elections.
Former MLA from Talsara Ranjit Bhatria and his followers also joined Congress. Bhatria was earlier a member of BJD. Several BJD and BJP leaders from Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Kendrapada, Nabarangpur, Koraput and Kandhamal districts also joined the Congress.
Apart from Pattanayak, former PCC chiefs Niranjan Patnaik and Prasad Harichandan were present on the occasion. They expressed hope that Pangi will play a significant role in strengthening Congress in Koraput and other tribal-dominated areas of the state.
Speaking on the occasion, the former Koraput MP said, “Congress is the most preferred party of my father. I would organise the tribal people of Odisha for their statutory rights”