Bhubaneswar:30/3/19: In a setback to ruling BJD, veteran politician and eight-time MP Arjun Charan Sethi on Saturday resigned from the primary membership of the party.
“I decided to quit the BJD as I was being sidelined and neglected in the party. I had decided not to contest polls. I had requested BJD president Naveen Patnaik for my son’s nomination for Bhadrak Lok Sabha Seat. He had also committed to allot ticket to him. But I felt betrayed as the party allotted ticket to Manjulata Mandal”, he said.
I am in the politics since the seventies. People have adored me by electing me to Lok Sabha on eight occasions. I was the Union Minister of water resources in Atal Bihari Vajpayee led government from 2000 to 2004.I am 78 and now on the twilight of life. The party has treated me shabbily. I tried to meet Patnaik to air my grievance. But I was not allowed to meet. Such neglect attitude towards a senior politician like me is very unfortunate, he said.
Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Odisha are scheduled to be held along with the Lok Sabha polls in four phases on April 11, 18, 23 and 29.
Soon after resigning from Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and his post, Bhadrak MP Arjun Sethi today joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) along with his son Abhimanyu Sethi.
Sethi and his son joined the saffron party at the party headquarters here in the presence of union minister Dharmendra Pradhan and other senior leaders.
The veteran leader and eight times MP is likely to be fielded from Bhadrak Lok Sabha constituency in the ensuing elections.
In a related development, former MP from Jajpur Mohan Jena also embraced the BJP today, a day after quitting the ruling BJD.
Worth mentioning here that Sethi tendered his resignation to Chief Minister and BJD President Naveen Patnaik today stating that his presence in the party is no longer required.