Bijepur by-poll: Ashok Panigrahi joins BJP


Bargarh: Former Bijepur MLA and BJD leader Ashok Panigrahi today joined BJP along with thousands of his supporters at a special function in Barapalli ahead of Bijepur by-poll.

The rebel BJD leader joined the saffron party in the presence of two Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Jual Oram and many senior leaders like state President Basant Panda, Suresh Pujari and Pradip Purohit.

Around 30,000 BJP workers were gathered during the joining ceremony.

Panigrahi had recently quit the ruling BJD after the party named MLA Subal Sahu’s widow, Rita Sahu, as the candidate for the by-election.


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