Speculations arise over BJD MP Baijayant Panda joining BJP


Bhubaneswar: Amid speculation of BJD MP Baijayant Panda planning to join the BJP, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today said the saffron party welcomes all good people to its fold. “All good people are always welcome to the party with open arms.

If they believe in the Prime Minister and the party’s national president’s leadership and support party ideology, they are welcome,” Pradhan told mediapersons here replying to a question on whether Panda is joining the BJP.

The Lok Sabha MP from Kendrapara was removed from the post of BJD’s spokesperson unceremoniously in May. On May 31 eggs were thrown at Jay Panda during the inauguration of a drinking water project in Odisha’s Mahanga making the rift in the party public.

Jay Panda was removed from the BJP parliamentary party spokesperson post two months after Patnaik asked party members to introspect following BJP’s abysmal performance in the local body polls where BJP demolished it.

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