Bhubaneswar: V Rabi Narayan Raju, former Chairman of Digapahandi NAC in Ganjam district, resigned from Congress and joined the ruling BJD here today.
Raju joined the party at Naveen Niwas in presence of over a hundred supporters. On the occasion, the senior leader said he chose to quit Congress as he felt suffocated being its member. He further said that good governance of the Naveen Government inspired him to join the party.
BJD Supremo Naveen Patnaik welcomed the new joinee to the party. Berhampur MP Chandra Sekhar Sahu was also present.
Raju, who was elected as the Chairman of Digapahandi NAC twice, had contested the 2009 elections on Congress ticket. However, BJD candidate Surya Narayana Patro had defeated him by a margin of 32,763 votes.