Odisha Sun Times Bureau:
Bhubaneswar, Jan 12:
Adding to the glamour quotient of the BJP, Ollywood actor Ashrumochan Mohanty and director Sudhakar Basant became the latest entrants to saffron party (BJP) here today.
The duo formally joined the BJP In the presence of senior party leaders Bijay Mohapatra and Prasanna Kumar Mishra.
‘‘I am convinced that BJP is doing great service to the motherland. So I joined the BJP,’’ senior Ollywood actor Ashrumochan Mishra said.
In the induction programme, the two members of the Ollywood fraternity were visibly jubilant in the midst of several senior party leaders and workers.
‘‘I am inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s style of functioning. I want to do something for the state and nation. I think I can better do social service by joining the BJP,’’ director Sudhakar Basant said.
On Sunday, former MLA and in-charge of the BJP’s membership drive in Odisha Pratap Sarangi has announced that the party had decided to intensify the process from January 23, the birth anniversary of freedom Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, by involving 46,000 permanent members – party representatives and office bearers both at the booth as well as district level.
It may be recalled that several Ollywood actors — among them Sritam Das, Pintu Nanda and Pinky Pradhan – had come under the saffron fold before the last elections. However, they restricted themselves to campaigning for the party during the last Assembly and parliament elections.
Ollywood actors Anubhav and Papu Pom Pom had joined the BJD, while Aparajita Mohanty and Bijay Mohanty had joined the Congress.