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Bhubaneswar: Veteran Ollywood actress Aparajita Mohanty joined BJP here on Monday. She joined the saffron party in the presence of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and other senior leaders at party’s state headquarters here.
“I joined the BJP as I was influenced by the ideology of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Dharmendra is a good and successful youth leader,” said Aparajita while addressing the newsmen.
She also thanked Pitambar Acharya, party spokesperson and other leaders and workers of the saffron party. Apart from Aparajita, some others also joined the BJP.
Aparajita had quit Congress party on February 13. She had joined Congress on February 20, 2014 and had unsuccessfully contested BJD candidate Bhartruhari Mahatab from Cuttack Parliamentary Constituency.
Aparajita’s joining in BJP at the crucial juncture when Bijepur by-election in Bargarh district is round the corner, could be seen as a big boost for the saffron party as it got a star campaigner for it’s candidate Ashok Kumar Panigrahi.
Recently, Mahasweta Ray had joined the saffron fold on February 11 while Mihir Das and Anu Choudhury had joined the party on January 19.
Pintu Nanda, Pinky Pradhan, Harihara Mohapatra, Sritam Das, Ajit Das are the other Odia Cine stars who had joined the party earlier.
It is worthwhile to mention here that, Aparajita’s husband and mega star of Odia movie industry Uttam Mohanty is in BJD.