President of Nuapada Biju Yuva Janata Dal Resigns Over Renomination Dispute

Bhubaneswar: Harish Chandra Panda, the President of Nuapada Biju Yuva Janata Dal (BYJD), tendered his resignation from the post and primary membership of the party on Tuesday. His decision comes in protest against the controversial renomination of Rajendra Dholakia from the Nuapada Assembly seat.

In a video message circulated widely, Harish expressed his grievances, citing Dholakia’s alleged arbitrary actions and disregard for party leaders in Nuapada. He accused the incumbent MLA of engaging in corrupt practices and favoritism towards his own family members while suppressing capable leaders and party workers.

Harish lamented that despite raising concerns with the party leadership over the past two years and organizing demonstrations against Dholakia, his appeals went unheeded. He expressed disappointment at the party’s decision to nominate Dholakia once again, despite widespread opposition.

Stating that he has submitted his resignation letter to BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Harish emphasized that he would consult with his well-wishers and supporters before deciding on his next political move. The BJD is yet to respond to the allegations leveled by Harish.

Harish’s political journey gained attention in March 2019 when he joined the BJD, despite his uncle Basant Kumar Panda serving as the president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Odisha at the time. Basanta Panda, a prominent figure in Odisha politics, has held the Nuapada Assembly seat twice and is currently the sitting Member of Parliament for Kalahandi.

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