Bhubaneswar: Former deputy speaker and veteran politician Ramachandra Panda today joined BJD. The former MLA from Chhatrapur from BJP today joined the ruling party in presence of party supremo Naveen Patnaik.
“I’m happy to join BJD under Naveeen Patnaik’s leadership. I was having ideological issues at BJP for which I have opted to join BJD,” said Panda.
BJD supremo Naveen welcomed the veteran leader. “We are happy to have senior politician Ramachandra Panda in our party and we extend a warm welcome to him,” said Naveen.
Meanwhile, another deputy speaker Prahlad Dora from BJD joined BJP on Tuesday. He was initially in BJP but had moved to BJD later. On returning to BJP, state president Basant Panda welcomed him.
The incident comes at a time when there is much demand for sarpanch nominations from BJD for the upcoming Panchayat polls.