Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Mar 8:
The presence of Subhashree (Mili) Panda, president of a Ranpur-based outfit called Jan Manch and wife of wanted Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda outside Naveen Niwas on Saturday triggered speculations about the possibility of her joining the ruling party.
However, she failed to meet Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who refused to grant her an interview.
Asked whether she was interested in joining the BJD, she said it would depend on the the chief minister but that was not the reason why she had come to meet with him.
Mili told OST she was there in her capacity as a social activist fighting for women’s rights and was there to present a bouquet to the chief minister on the occasion of the international Women’s Day and to appeal to him to take proactive steps to ensure safety and security of women in the state.
She said that she has decided to contest from her own assembly constituency Ranpur which was represented thrice by his father-in-law Ramesh Panda .
“If I don’t get a ticket from any party , I will contest as an independent candidate,” Mili added.