Sulochana Das joins BJD

Bhubaneswar: Sulochana Das, who was the spokesperson and general secretary of Odisha Congress for long time, joined the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in presence of party president Naveen Patnaik at his residence here today. She resigned from the Congress on Monday.

“I will discharge the responsibilities to be assigned by the party”, Das said after joining.

The BJD president welcomed the woman leader to the party. “I welcome Sulochana Das to the Biju Janata Dal. This will strengthen our party”, Patnaik said.

Meanwhile, BJD vice president Damodar Rout remarked sarcastically on Das’ joining. “She had been criticising the BJD saying that it has done nothing for the State in last 17 years of rule. She also burnt my effigy several times in front of the Congress Bhawan alleging that I don’t respect women. Now, she felt that BJD is safe and joined it”, Rout added.

He further stated “I have been working for the party for last 40-42 years with the ideology of Biju Patnaik. “I never keep any information regarding anybody joining or quitting party”.

Das met the BJD supremo and discussed about her interest to join the party. She stated that she was frustrated over the way Congress is functioning and expressed her dissatisfaction for the growing infighting in the Congress. She however denied her intention to join BJP.

“I’m not interested to join communal forces. If I join BJD tomorrow, I will inform the media,” she had told newsmen.

Earlier, district presidents of Congress including Dhenkanal, Angul and Nayagarh along with some former MLAs and PCC office bearers resigned.

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