Dama Joins BJP

Expelled BJD Veteran Damodar Rout has joined the BJP in a simple ceremony here, while ending speculations about future political moves.

Dr.Rout was welcomed into the party by Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
He was greeted by BJP Vice President Baijayant Jay Panda in the presence of Odisha party affairs In-Charge Arun Singh.
Welcoming Dr.Rout into the party Union Minister Mr.Pradhan said, his joining the saffron party will bolster its prospects in Odisha.
 On the occasion, Dr.Rout said he has been in active politics for over four decades after being initiated by legendary Biju Patnaik.
 “I joined the BJP after gradually realizing that Naveen Patnaik was not keen for the development of the state and to realize the vision of the legendary leader Biju Patnaik,” Dr.Rout said.
 Dr.Rout alleged that as he raised corruption and poor governance in Odisha, Governing BJD expelled the Veteran.  
After joining party, Dr.Rout met National President Amit Shah and promised his all out support for BJP.

Taking to his twitter handle, Jay Panda welcomed Dr. Rout and said “Your decades with Biju uncle & long yrs in his cabinet & also his son's, did not aid you agnst harrassment when you exposed corruption at highest levels last yr & were expelled from BJD. Look fwd to working together for Odisha's revival”.

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