Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 16:
Over a hundred workers from various political parties of seven districts joined Ama Odisha Party (AOP) on Saturday evening in the presence of the party president Soumya Ranjan Patnaik at his residence here.
Welcoming the workers, Patnaik thanked them for their resolve to work unitedly with the people by disseminating the party’s aims and ideals among them.
Stating that the popularity of AOP has been spreading across the state, he said the joining of workers and leaders from various parties would further strengthen the party and encourage the its rank and file.
Addressing the gathering, Patnaik said the decision of the Ama Odisha Party to jointly contest the Assembly elections along with the Utkal Bharat led by Kharavela Swain with the common ‘Mathia’ symbol has built a sense of trust among the people that the two parties would emerge as a new alternative front in the state.
On the occasion, the new workers took a pledge to work unitedly to unseat the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD government and form a new corruption-free regime and safeguard the sanctity of their motherland and mother tongue as well.
Among others who joined the AOP are Dhananjay Madakami from Chitrakonda of Malkangiri district, Laxmidhar Nayak of Alekh Mahima Samaj from Dabugan of Nabarangpur district, Pabitra Mohan Mishra, founder of Gurukul Sikshya Ashram from Brahmapur of Ganjam district, Manoj Kumar Patnaik from Narla of Kalahandi district and Harish Chandra Behera from Badasahi of Mayurbhanj district.
Senior leader and former MLA Sura Sethi, general secretary of Utkal Bharat Bratati Chatterjee, Debashrita Mohanty and Pramod Behera among other youth leaders were present at the meeting which was presided over by AOP secretary Swaraj Mishra.