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Ramkrushna Patnaik joins BJP

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 19:

Former minister and veteran leader Ramakrushna Patnaik, his wife and former MP from Aska Kumudini Patnaik and their daughter Anita today joined the BJP in presence of former minister and senior BJP leader Biswabhushan Harichandan at the party office here.

Ramkrushna Patnaik
Ramkrushna Patnaik

It may be mentioned that the couple, after resigning from the Congress on February 23 alleging highhanded attitude of the party leadership, had met the state BJP president KV Singhdeo a week ago.

A five-time legislator from Kodala assembly constituency in Ganjam district, Patnaik had handled important portfolios in his long stint as minister.

The senior leader was a cabinet minister under Biju Patnaik from 1990 to 1995 before he joined the Naveen Patnaik ministry in 2000.