Jeypore, Nov 7: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Monday expelled its 2014 candidate from Koraput Assembly constituency, Raghuram Macha for anti-party activities.
However, the party has not mentioned any specific activity of Macha that went against the interest of BJD.
He had lost Koraput seat to Congress candidate Krushna Chandra Sagaria by around 5,000 votes in 2014.
After his defeat, Macha was active in organisational work in the district. However, BJD fielded 2009 candidate Raguram Padal in 2019 and won the Koraput seat.
Macha was an aspirant for party ticket in 2024. He was also in contact with BJP state leaders to join the saffron party if BJD denies his candidature following which he has been expelled, said BJD sources.
After outster from BJD, Macha said, "I was working for party organisation as a disciplined worker. Koraput MLA Raghuram Padal has conspired against me following his growing organisation in the constituency. However, this decision of BJD will be helpful for me".
I am not going to join any other party. If any party invites me for leadership quality, I am open to consider, he added.
Macha's supporters said he will soon join BJP and talks are on with party's top leaders. He will join BJP with thousands of grassroots leaders of BJD.
On the other hand, Padal said that Macha's expulsion from the party is a top level decision following internal intelligence report.