Balabhadra Majhi, sitting BJD MP from Odisha’s Nabarangpur district, joins BJP: Sitting Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP from Nabarangpur constituency Balabhadra Majhi joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of Union oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram and Baijayant Panda in New Delhi on Saturday. Majhi had resigned from the primary membership of the BJD on Thursday amidst reports that he will be denied ticket for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
Welcoming Majhi to the party fold, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said Balbhadra is from railway background and he had developed a unique model by bringing together Centre and state. He quit the party because the BJD left him but the people gave him the credit of enabling railway connectivity in Nabarangpur and Malkangiri, Pradhan said.
After joining the BJP, Majhi met BJP president Amit Shah and others in New Delhi.
Balabhadra Majhi is a powerful ST leader and his arrival in the BJP will consolidate the party’s vote bank.
Balabhadra Majhi has been elected to the 16th Lok Sabha in 2014, from Nabarangpur constituency in Odisha. He is a member of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) political party. Apart from Balabhadra Majhi, several party leaders are leaving their respective parties.
Janata Dal (Secular) general secretary Danish Ali, Uttarakhand CM and BJP leader BC Khanduri’s son Manish, in the neighbouring state of UP, BJP MP Shyama Charan Gupta joined Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Congress in the presence of party chief Rahul Gandhi joined Samajwadi Party, respectively. MP Shyama Charan Gupta will also contest the general elections from Banda.
Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi will kick off the party’s campaign for Lok Sabha elections in Dehradun. The party will also pay a visit to the families of the assassinated ‘Vishal Parivartan Rally’ soldiers across the LoC in Rajouri district, J&K.
Recently, the Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan tweeted in support of the #MainBhiChowkidar movement. He wrote that he would do his best to defeat corruption, crony capitalism, terrorism, poverty and illiteracy.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi met the family of Major Chitresh Singh Bisht at the latter’s residence in Dehradun.
Post addressing a poll rally in Dehradun, the Congress president met the family of Major Chitresh Singh Bisht who lost his life on February 16, while defusing an IED.