Bijepur Bypoll: Ashok Panigrahi to join BJP today
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Bargarh: Former Bijepur MLA Ashok Panigrahi will join BJP along with hundreds of his supporters at a special function in Barapalli.
Panigrahi will join the saffron fold in the presence of Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Jual Oram. Around 30,000 BJP workers and many senior leaders like state President Basant Panda, Suresh Pujari and Pradip Purohit are likely to attend the event.
Panigrahi had recently walked out of the ruling BJD after the party named late Congress MLA Subal Sahu’s wife Rita Sahu as the candidate for the by-election.
On the other hand, Bargarh district BJP President Narayan Sahu, who had on Friday opposed Ashok Panigrahi, is likely to skip the program. He had demanded the party ticket for a BJP leader and opposed the possible candidature of Panigrahi for the by-election.