BJD expels former MLA Anup Sai

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Thursday expelled its senior leader and former MLA Anup Sai from the party with immediate effect after he was arrested by Chhattisgarh police in connection to a double murder case.

BJD President and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also removed Sai from the chairmanship of the State Warehousing Corporation.

On Wednesday night, Chakradhar Nagar Police of Chhattisgarh picked the former MLA from a Sai temple near his residence in connection with killing of mother-daughter duo in 2016.

Sources said, the former MLA of Brajarajnagar in Jharsuguda district was allegedly involved in the murder of a woman identified as Kalpana Das (32) and her daughter Pravati Das (14) in April 2016 in the border area of Jharsuguda.

Sai was elected as Brajarajnagar MLA thrice on a Congress ticket. Later, he joined the BJD in 2014 and contested Assembly elections unsuccessfully.

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