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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Baripada, Dec 11:

Odisha Congress candidate for Baripada Assembly constituency in 2014 polls Priyabrata Majhi today joined BJP along with his supporters in a public meeting held at Kunta Block in Mayurbhanj District.

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“Majhi had been a long time associate of Rahul Gandhi. He switched loyalty to BJP after realising that it is Modi, not Gandhi, who will take the nation in the path or progress,” said senior Odisha BJP leader Dharmendra Pradhan who welcomed Majhi to the party fold.

Apart from Majhi, many others from ruling Biju Janata Dal, Congress and CPM joined BJP in the meeting, said a press notification issued by Pradhan’s office.

Addressing the gathering, Pradhan took the audience through the welfare schemes of the Union Government in general and the Petroleum and Natural Gas ministry – which he heads– in particular.

Besides, he criticized the State Government over Gumudumaha firing, Nagada deaths, Dana Majhi incident and Japanese Encephalitis deaths and called it, “anti-tribal, incompetent and corrupt”.