Bhubaneswar: Bureaucrat-turned-politician and BJD Rajya Sabha MP Amar Patnaik was elected as a member of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Bhubaneswar’s Management Committee today.
After another former bureaucrat and BJP Rajya Sabha MP Ashwini Vaishnav – a contestant for the post – withdrew from the election process, Patnaik was elected unopposed.
As the NDA has 102 MPs in Rajya Sabha and BJD has only seven MPs in the Parliament’s Upper House, it was a difficult task for Patnaik to win the election.
However, after BJD held discussions with BJP, Vaishnav agreed to withdraw his nomination papers clearing the way for election of Patnaik.
From Lok Sabha, BJP MP Aparajita Sarangi and BJD MP Anubhav Mohanty were elected as members of the AIIMS-Bhubaneswar management committee earlier.