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OJM leaders Mihir Mohanty, Bhagirathi Kar join BJD

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 16:

The Odisha Jan Morcha (OJM) vice-president and former Mayor of Bhubaneswar Mihir Mohanty and OJM general secretary Bhagirathi Kar joined the Biju Janata Dal today after resigning from their party.

Mihir Mohanty
Mihir Mohanty

They joined the ruling BJD formally at its headquarters here in the presence of BJD president Naveen Patnaik.

BJD vice-president Kalpataru Das and all the three BJD MLA’s from the Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha constituency were also present on the occasion.

Mihir Mohanty said he continued to be a member of the BJD since he was never expelled by the party. He said the BJD had overwhelming support among the people of Odisha and he would assist the party in taking its programmes forward and accept whatever assignments are given to him from time to time by the party chief.

Party president and chief minister Naveen Patnaik told the media that he was happy that both have returned to the party and their joining back will help in strengthening the party.
On the other hand, OJM secretary general, Jagneswar Babu said the OJM will be least affected by such desertions and that the party was aware of their plans to jump sides just before the elections.