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Baijayant Jay Panda joins BJP ‘to work under the leadership of PM Modi’ ahead of 2019 General Elections

Panda's decision to join the BJP is likely to boost the party's electoral prospects in Odisha, a state where the BJP is looking to gain some seats in the Lok Sabha to compensate for potential losses elsewhere.

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K Bhattacharjee
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Baijayant Jai Panda has announced on Twitter that he has decided to join the Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the 2019 General elections.

Speculations have been rife about his political future ever since he was suspended from the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in January last year. Prior to that, he was suspended as the spokesperson of the party.

In May, 2018, Panda had submitted his resignation from the party expressing deep anguish that no leader from BJP had come to pay their respect to his deceased father. Panda also claimed that the BJD has been deviating from its original philosophy of humility and transparency to corruption and goondaism, which he claims was brought to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s attention multiple times.

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He had expressed his disappointment at being attacked with stones, eggs and footwear by supporters of his then party colleague Health Minister Pratap Jena, even after which Patnaik didn’t inquire about his health and safety.

Panda’s decision to join the BJP is likely to boost the party’s electoral prospects in Odisha, a state where the BJP is looking to gain some seats in the Lok Sabha to compensate for potential losses elsewhere.

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