Bhubaneswar:31/3/19: Senior BJD leader and five-time MLA Raghunath Mohanty on Sunday resigned from the primary membership of ruling BJD, in a latest setback to the regional party of Odisha.
Mohanty, who won assembly polls successively five times during 1990 to 2009 from Basta assembly seat in Balasore district, had cited personal ground for resigning from the party.
Mohanty had earlier yesterday quit from the post of Chairman, Odisha Lift Irrigation Corporation (OLC). It is being widely believed that Mohanty quit the party apprehending denial of party ticket to him in the upcoming assembly polls.
In a jolt to the ruling BJD ahead of the Lok Sabha and Odisha Assembly elections, party’s sitting MP and former Union Minister Arjun Sethi had resigned from the regional outfit Saturday and had joined the BJP.
Sethi an eight-time MP from Bhadrak Lok Sabha constituency had resigned from the BJD after he was denied a party ticket to contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.