Former Congress MLA Chakradhar Paik joins BJD

Bhubaneswar: Former Congress MLA, Chakradhar Paik joined Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today. According to sources, Paik joined the party in presence of BJD president Naveen Patnaik and other senior party leaders at Naveen Niwas today.

Paik was a Congress MLA from Mohana constituency from 2009 to 2014. He also represented the constituency in 1974.

“Chakradhar Paik has joined the Biju Janata Dal along with 200 supporters,” said Naveen Patnaik.

Paik said “As I was an MLA owing to the support of late Biju Patnaik, I have come back to BJD to work for the development of Gajapati district and Mohana constituency.”

On being questioned whether he would contest the upcoming elections in 2019, Paik said “If the party gives me ticket, I am ready to contest.”