Former Minister Padmalochan Panda joins BJP

Bhubaneswar: Former Minister and Congress leader Padmalochan Panda joined BJP in presence of Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and State BJP president Basant Panda at a programme in Balasore district today.

Panda, a three-time MLA from Simulia assembly segment in Balasore district, had resigned from the primary membership of Congress on October 7.

He was the Minister of State for Fisheries and Animal Resources Development and Panchayati Raj departments from February 1999 to March 2000 during the Congress regime in the State.

“Inspired by the leadership of PM Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, they have joined the party. We hope their joining will strengthen party organisation in the area in coming days,” said the Petroleum Minister.