Former Odisha minister Padmalochan Panda to join BJP

Simulia: Even as Congress is trying hard to bring back its leaders ahead of 2019 polls, another former senior leader Padmalochan Panda will join the BJP camp very soon.

The former minister Padmalochan Panda announced his plan to join the BJP on October 11.

In April this year, he had resigned from Congress citing ‘no future’ in the party. However, he had not cleared suspense over his joining any party.

Panda was elected to Odisha Assembly thrice on Congress ticket from Simulia constituency in Balasore district. He was the minister of State for Fisheries and Animal Resources Development and Panchayatiraj departments from February 22, 1999 to March 5, 2000 during Congress regime in Odisha.

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