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Former Kendrapara MP Baijayant Jay Panda joined Bharatiya Janata Party

New Delhi:4/3/19: : Former Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda, who was expelled from BJD nine months back, has joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the party office in New Delhi on Monday. Panda joined the BJP in presence of Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Jual Oram, party’s Odisha in-charge Arun Singh, BJP state president Basant Panda and other senior leaders of the saffron party.After joining the national party, the former Kendrapara MP met party’s national president Amit Shah. Welcoming Jay Panda to the party, Pradhan took to Twitter and wrote: “I welcome my friend, Shri Baijayant Jay Panda into the BJP family. His popularity and connect with the Odia youth will further strengthen the surge of BJP in Odisha.”

Panda had resigned from Odisha’s ruling Biju Janata Dal in May last year four months after he was suspended from the primary membership of the party for “anti-party” activities.

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He was suspended by BJD Supremo Naveen Patnaik in January last year for allegedly indulging in anti-party activities.

After quitting the BJD, Panda on June 12 had tendered his resignation as the Member of Parliament (MP) in the Lok Sabha.

Commenting on Jay Panda’s decision to join the saffron party, BJD spokesperson Arun Sahoo said “It was his personal decision to join the party. Only future will tell how far the step is justified.”

All India Congress Committee Secretary Sarat Rout said, “There was a lack of political maturity in BJP which is why members of the national party wanted Jay Panda to join them.”

 

 

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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