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Former BJD MP Jayram Pangi joins BJP

 A day after BJD leader Amar Nayak joined the BJP, prominent tribal leader and former MP Jayram Pangi today joined the saffron party about one-and-half months after being suspended from the ruling BJD for "anti-party activities."
     Pangi and his supporters were welcomed into the BJP by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan at the BJP state headquarters here in presence of  former chief minister Giridhar Gamang and former minister and senior BJP leader BB Harichandan and others were present.
     "I have not set any terms and conditions before joining the BJP. My position will be decided by the party," Pangi told reporters after joining the saffron party.
     Angry over his suspension from the BJD during the recently concluded panchayat elections, Pangi said "I was a disciplined worker in the BJD and have never indulged in anti-party activities. I wonder why I was suspended from the party."
     "The BJD is doing exactly the opposite to what Biju Babu (Biju Patnaik) dreamt about Odisha," he said.
      Pangi, a former MP and four-time MLA and also a former minister, said "I am a tribal. Tribals are loyal to their leaders. If they say no means it's a big no. I have said no to BJD."
      Stating that he worked for 40 years, 20 years with Biju Patnaik and 20 years with Naveen Patnaik, Pangi said "I was suspended from the BJD within 40 seconds."
      Alleging that Jayram Pangi was working for other parties while he was in the ruling party, BJD spokesman and former minister from Koraput district, Rabi Narayan Nanda claimed Pangi joining the BJP would not make any difference to the BJD. 
     Pangi's joining will boost the BJP organisation in tribal dominated areas, especially Koraput, said Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Jual Oram.


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