Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, Jun 12:
Putting all speculation to rest, former Odisha chief minister Giridhar Gamang and his son Sisir Gamang today formally joined the BJP in New Delhi.
“Yes, it is now official. I have joined the BJP,” Gamang told leading Odia TV channel OTV in New Delhi moments afer coming out of a meeting with BJP national president Amit Shah here this afternoon.
Interestingly, Gamang confided that talks between him and BJP about his entry into the party had been going on for nearly six months.
Asked why he did not say anything about it while quitting Congress and even after that, Gamang said; “Till a formal and final decision has been taken, it is not proper to go public with such things.”
Giridhar and his son met BJP National president Amit Shah at his official residence at Akbar Road for about an hour in the presence of Union Tribal Affairs minister Jual Oram, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan and in-charge (pravari) of party affairs in Odisha, Arun Singh.
Talk about Gamang joining BJP had been doing the rounds ever since he resigned from the Congress after a 43-year long association with the grand old party on May 30.
While Giridhar himself kept everyone guessing about his next move, son Sisir had repeatedly made it clear that his father would join the BJP.
Giridhar himself had hinted that he was headed for BJP when he said in Delhi yesterday that he would join a ‘national’ party.
The delay in the announcement of the decision is being attributed to resistance to the move in a section of the state unit of the BJP.