Former Odisha MLA Jiban Pradip Dash suspended from BJD

Bhubaneswar: Former MLA Jiban Pradip Dash was suspended from the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) for his anti-party activities.

By the order of BJD President Naveen Patnaik, the party leader Jiban Pradip Dash was suspended from the BJD for anti-party activities with immediate effect, BJD General Secretary (media affairs) Manas Ranjan Mangaraj said in a release today.

Reacting on ‘anti-party’ allegation, Dash described it as ‘false’ and ‘baseless’.

He said that he is yet to receive the suspension order officially. He will clarify everything in a press conference tomorrow.

The move for suspending Dash came two days after the bypoll to Balasore Assembly Constituency.

Source said that there was rift between Dash and Balasore district BJD President Rabindra Jena over selection of nominee for the assembly seat. As Dash was not given ticket for the bypoll, he continued to remain absent from campaigning for the candidate announced by the party.

Taking action for this, the party decided to suspend Dash two days after the bypoll.

The two-time former MLA had represented Balasore Assembly Constituency. He had won the 2009 and 2014 Assembly elections on the BJD ticket in.

The leader had contested the assembly election from Balasore in 2019 but lost to BJP’s Madan Mohan Dutta.

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