Lok Sabha MP Jay Panda quits Biju Janata Dal (BJD)
New Delhi: Odisha Lok Sabha MP Baijayant Jay Panda on Monday quit the Biju Janata Dal (BJD).
Baijayant Jay Panda today announced that he was quitting Odisha’s ruling Biju Janta Dal.
In a letter written to BJD chief and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Panda wrote, “It’s with deep anguish, hurt and sorrow that I have decided to quit the politics into which our BJD has descended.”
He also wrote, in his letter, that he’ll formally convey his decision to the Lok Sabha Speaker, reported ANI.
— Office of Jay Panda (@mp_office) May 28, 2018
In the letter, Panda pointed out that several leaders who were critical of Patnaik’s leadership years ago were still part of it.
“It is ironic that many of the worst opponents and critics of you during our party’s first dozen years are now holding key positions in the party, while most of those who struggled with you to overcome them have been discarded”, wrote Panda.
Panda, one of founding members of BJD
Jay Panda was one of the founding members of the Biju Janata Dal in 1997, soon after Biju Patnaik’s death. Panda has been a BJD lawmaker since 2000 and among the most prominent leaders from Odisha.
Panda, the MP from Kendrapara was suspended from the BJD in January this year, for allegedly “weakening” the party.