Former Kendrapara MLA Utkal Parida joins BJD

Bhubaneswar: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Kendrapara MLA Utkal Parida joined the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) here on Sunday.

Parida joined the conch party along with hundreds of his supporters in the presence of BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and other party leaders.

Utkal was a legislator from Odisha Gana Parishad founded by senior leader Bijay Mahapatra from 2004-09 and subsequently joined the BJP.

Senior Congress leader Pramod Jena from Paradip also joined the state ruling party.

Both the leaders had resigned from their respective parties after they were denied tickets to contest the forthcoming election.

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