Vikash Sharma

One after another, several key leaders of ruling BJD are now deserting the party ahead of the crucial 2024 elections.
After former MLAs -Priyadarshi Mishra and Akash Das Nayak, it was the turn of Anubhav Mohanty to quit the BJD on Saturday.

The actor-turned-political today resigned from the primary membership of BJD. Mohanty has submitted his resignation to party president and CM Naveen Patnaik.

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The former MP Anubhav Mohanty was earlier entangled in a legal battle with his wife Varsha Priyadarshani. Moreover, Mohanty was allegedly neglected by BJD and was not seen in several programmes of the party in Kendrapara and other parts.

Mohanty was earlier the star campaigner of BJD and used to tour several parts of the state. However, he was missing from the party events and affairs for a long time. This has led to speculation that Mohanty would soon part ways with the BJD.

Earlier, Mohanty was seen at a Holi programme organised by Cuttack MP Bhartruhari Mahtab who recently joined the BJP. Sources said that Mohanty is in touch with senior BJP leaders and might join the saffron party.

However, he could not be contacted over the speculation.