Added on : 2019-03-04 18:35:32
Ex BJD leader, who quit Odisha's ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) last year. Baijayant Jay Panda, 55 joined the BJP today. Jay Panda, quit the BJD last May after a bitter falling out with his party chief, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Jay Panda had been a parliamentarian of the BJD since 2000 and had been among the party's most prominent leaders from Odisha. "I admire Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah's leadership," Mr Panda said.