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MLA Naba Das Joins BJD During Odisha CM’s Jharsuguda Visit

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24 January 2019


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Jharsuguda: After tendering his resignation from Congress, MLA Naba Kishore Das and hundreds of his supporters today joined Biju Janata Dal (BJD) a day before AICC president Rahul Gandhi’s Odisha visit and meeting on January 25.

After laying foundation stones of several developmental projects, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik proceeded to Amalipalli to address a gathering where the joining program took place.

In his address, BJD supremo and Odisha Chief Minister said that MLA Naba Das is a very good organiser. His BJD joining will further strengthen the party.

In his speech after joining, Naba Das demanded that Jharsuguda should be made the commercial capital city of Odisha and Jharsuguda should be made a railway division. He also demanded that there should also be a branch of AIIMS in Jharsuguda.

On January 16, the two-time Jharsuguda MLA sent his resignation letter to the Congress high command. Das has resigned from both the Congress primary membership and Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) working president post.

In his resignation letter, Das had mentioned, “I do not have any complaint against Sj. Niranjan Pattnaik, President, PCC, Odisha. I have a very cordial relation with him. But the people and voters of my area want that I should contest the next election 2019 from BJD as they want our area should develop and I should join hands with Sj. Naveen Patnaik, the Hon'ble Chief Minister, Odisha.”

“I apologize for this resignation, as done so for the motto i.e. development first. So I should join with BJD and with Hon'ble Naveen Patnaik,” the letter concluded.

BJD leader Kishore Mohanty, who had been defeated twice by Das in Jharsuguda constituency said a guest in never driven out of house, in reaction to Das joining BJD during Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's visit to the industrial hub today.

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Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha