Odisha Polls: After denied tickets, 2 BJD leaders resign

Sundergarh/ Junagarh: In a major blow to the ruling BJD, two leaders today resigned from the party after being denied tickets to contest in the State Assembly elections starting April 11.

Kusum Tete, who had resigned from the post of Sundargarh Special Development Council (SDC) Chairperson yesterday, today resigned from BJD’s primary membership after being denied party ticket for the ensuing Assembly polls. Tete sent his resignation letter to BJD Supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressing displeasure over allotment of tickets.

“BJD was like my family. I was ignored by the party even after sincerely working for the last five years. Patnaik’s declaration of 33 per cent reservation for women in Lok Sabha election is completely false,” said Tete adding, “I will anyway contest in the upcoming elections after consulting with my supporters.”

Worth mentioning, BJD yesterday announced name of former Congress MLA Jogesh Singh for the Sundergarh seat.

Besides, BJD Kalahandi General Secretary Pramod Patnaik also resigned from the party expressing dissatisfaction over distribution of tickets for Junagarh constituency. BJD gave party ticket to Dibya Shankar Mishra for the seat yesterday.

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