Bhubaneswar: Three newly elected Biju Janata Dal (BJD) members of the Rajya Sabha from Odisha- Achyuta Samanta, Prashanta Nanda and Soumya Ranjan Patnaik on Wednesday took oath as the Upper House members at New Delhi.
The newly elected BJD parliamentarians were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu in the Upper House premises.
Achyuta Samanta, Prashanta Nanda and Soumya Ranjan Patnaik – the three BJD candidates had been elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Odisha on March 15.
Three BJD leaders had filed their nominations on March 9 for elections to the three seats to the Upper House of Parliament and their respective nomination papers were found to be valid during the scrutiny held on March 13.
However, nomination papers filed by independent candidate Subash Mohapatra were rejected in this regard.
Three seats in Rajya Sabha from the state fell vacant as the tenure of BJD Members AU Singhdeo and Dilip Tirkey as well as BJD-backed Independent candidate AV Swami ended on April 2.