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Bhubaneswar: Late Congress leader Lalatendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra’s daughter Upasana, brother Lalitendu and hundreds of ‘Lulu Sena’ activists joined BJP here on Saturday.
They joined the saffron party in the presence of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and other senior party leaders including BJP state president Basant Panda at ‘Misran Parva’ at the Unit 3-based Exhibition Ground in the capital city.
Senior lawyer Pitambar Acharya and former Youth Congress leader Satyajit Mohanty also joined the saffron party today.
In her maiden political speech, Upasana said that they joined the saffron party because some of the senior Congress leaders had rejected his father’s unique ideology for the benefit of the people at large.
“My identity is my father, my ancestors including Buxi Jagabandhu. I am the daughter of Lulu Mohapatra, Bramhagiri and above all the land of Odisha. Like my father, who was not addressing to his supporters rather speaking to his own people and his family members, I stand here to speak to you as your daughter and sister. I feel so sad to say that my father had begun his career in Congress. His last days were very pathetic. He had borne much humiliation and rejection being in Congress, which is why we joined BJP,” said Upasana while addressing the gathering today.
“We joined a new family today to serve the people of the state. I thank everyone for your support and encouragement. When my father’s supporters come to me, I feel that my father is still with me. He is here amidst us,” she added.
She also hailed BJP leader and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan for encouraging her saying “he always encourages us just like late Chief Minister Janaki Ballabh Patnaik did to my father”.
On his part, Lulu’s elder brother Lalitendu and president “Lulu Sena” said, “He (Lulu) raised his voice against corruption and injustice during his 25-years of political career. He never longed for power and position. His only aim was to help everyone irrespective of the political differences . But, he was not accepted by his own party. Therefore, I made up my mind that I would do unfair to him had I not taken the decision now,”
Notably, PM Modi had felicitated this family of great martyr Buxi Jagabandhu Bidyadhar Mohapatra here at the Raj Bhawan few months ago. Buxi Jagabandhu has been one of the most revered freedom fighter who led ‘Paika Vidroha’ in 1817.
Dharmendra had also a close rapport with Lulu, both personally and politically.