Baijayant Jay Panda, who quit Naveeen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal (BJD) a year ago, joined the BJP on Monday.
Panda was invited into the gathering fold by Oil Minister Dharmedra Pradhan, BJP’s noticeable Odisha face. Not long after in the wake of joining the gathering, Panda met BJP president Amit Shah.
“I welcome my companion Baijayant Jay Panda into the BJP family. His fame and interface with the Odia youth will additionally fortify the flood of the BJP in Odisha,” Pradhan said after Panda formally joined the saffron party.
Panda hit out at the BJD government in Odisha saying the administration under Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has decayed strongly in the state.
“Nine months of reflection and across the board interviews w/partners and open. Thankful for help recd from everywhere. On propitious #MahaShivratri I’ve chosen to join @BJP4India and work under the administration of @narendramodi Ji to serve Odisha and India to the best of my capacity,” Panda tweeted.
The Assembly survey in Odisha is probably going to be held alongside the parliamentary decisions, and the BJP trusts that the nearness of Panda will light up its prospects, particularly in beach front Odisha.
Odisha has 21 parliamentary electorates and the BJD had won 20 of them in 2014. The BJP had won just a single seat – Sundargarh, spoken to by Union priest for inborn undertakings Jual Oram.
The BJP has distinguished Odisha as one of the need states in front of the surveys. In the 2017 state provincial decisions, the BJP rose as the second biggest gathering, pushing the Congress to the third spot.
Panda, who had a harsh dropping out with the BJD boss Naveen Patnaik, had as of late said that he is happy to hold hands with anyone “focused on handling the extreme issues that Odisha presently faces”.
At the season of his suspension from the parent party, Panda was believed to lean towards the BJP. Not having crusaded for BJD applicants in decisions to panchayati raj establishments even in his own voting demographic, Panda was blamed for enjoying “hostile to party exercises”, supporting restriction competitors.
In his separating letter to the BJD boss, Panda said it was “verifiable clear that the gathering needs me out”.
“It is with profound anguish, hurt and distress that I have chosen to stop the sort of legislative issues into which our BJD has slipped,” Panda composed at the time.