Former Odisha Minister Padmalochan Panda joins BJP
Balasore: Former Minister and Congress leader Padmalochan Panda on Sunday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at ‘Mishrana Parva’ held at Simulia in Balasore district of Odisha.
The three-time Congress MLA from Simulia Assembly segment along with his hundreds of supporters joined the saffron party in the presence of Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and state BJP president Basanta Panda.
On October 7, Padmalochan had resigned from the primary membership of the Congress saying ‘there is no future of the grand old party in Odisha’.
The veteran politician was the Minister of State for Fisheries and Animal Resources Development and Panchayatiraj departments from February 22, 1999 to March 5, 2000 during the Congress regime in the state.