Bhubaneswar:7/3/18; Surprising the people of Odisha, Head of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT); Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) Dr Achyuta Samanta and Ama Odisha Party chief and former Bhubaneswar MP Soumya Ranjan Patnaik today joined the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) at Naveen Nivas in the presence of Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik.
As Naveen had earlier announced that BJD would name three politicians to the Upper House of the Parliament, there were rumors that Soumya would be one of the three candidates. However, with his joining the party, it is almost ascertained that the former parliamentarian will be going to the Rajya Sabha.
Notably, three seats in Rajya Sabha from Odisha will fall vacant as the tenure of BJD Members AU Singhdeo and Dilip Tirkey as well as BJD-backed Independent candidate AV Swami is scheduled to end on April 2.
Soumya Ranjan Patnaik is also Founder and Editor of leading Odia Daily ‘Sambad’ and younger brother of former PCC President Niranjan Patnaik and son-in-law of former Assam Governor and Odisha CM Janaki Ballav Patnaik.