Odishatv Bureau

Ahead of the panchayat elections in Odisha, two groups in the Kandhamal unit of the Biju Janata Dal engaged in a tense encounter bringing the cracks in the party out to open.

As per sources, the Baliguda block BDJ and Nagar BJD units clashed against each other in the presence of party's Kandhamal district observer and minister Pratap Jena.

It is believed that the two factions of the party were already on edge over welcoming minister Pratap Jena to the function. Jena had also expressed his unhappiness over the dissence rising between the party units and clarified that he would not attend the function.

On Saturday, the brewing tension between the party units exploded out of proportion during the event when members of the group exchanged verbal duel with each other before coming to blows.

Both the groups of the party meanwhile have lodged complaints at the police station over the incident.

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