Six-time Odisha MP Bhartruhari Mahtab joins BJP

Bhubaneswar: A week after resigning from the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Cuttack MP Bhartruhari Mahtab today joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The six-time MP from Odisha was inducted into the saffron party in presence of Odisha BJP President Manmohan Samal, party’s national vice-president Baijayant Panda and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan during a programme in New Delhi.

The parliamentarian had deserted the conch party on March 22.

Apart from Mahtab, Ollywood actor-turned-politician and former Berhampur MP Sidhant Mohapatra and Santali author Padma Shri Damayanti Beshra also officially joined the BJP at the event.

The BJP has announced candidates for 18 constituencies in Odisha for Lok Sabha elections 2024. The candidates are yet to be announced for the remaining 3 Lok Sabha seats including Cuttack in the state.

After joining the BJP, Mahtab is likely to be fielded from Cuttack Lok Sabha Constituency against BJD’s Santrupt Misra.

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