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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 7:

More than 700 Odisha Congress workers from Deogarh district today joined Biju Janata Dal in presence of Naveen Patnaik, said BJD today.

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In a press notification issued by the party, BJD claimed that the Congress workers joined the party inspired by the transparent leadership of party chief and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Led by Athmallik BJD MLA Sanjeeb Kumar Sahoo, these political workers from Deogarh NAC and Barkot block pledged allegiance to Biju Janata Dal in a simple ceremony held at Naveen Niwas, Patnaik’s residence.

“I welcome them to the party. It will certainly strengthen the party base there. Biju Janata Dal government is working for the upliftment of the poor and the downtrodden dedicatedly,” said Naveen addressing the new-joinees and welcoming them into the party.

Among notable faces in the new-joinees are: Deogarh NAC councillor Dharmendra Debata, Barkaot block Congress president Narottam Nayak, Kantapali sarpanch Manjari Nayak, Dantaribahal sarpanch Kuduni Sahu, and Balam sarpanch Santosh Behera.

Deogarh BJD President Sudhi Kapardar was among the notable BJD faces from the district to be present at the induction of these political workers into the party fold.