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National channel’s ‘super exclusive’ adds thrill to BJD’s political drama

 As if the prevailing confusion and unrest in ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) was not enough, a national news channel Republic TV today added to the chaos in a ‘super exclusive’ telecast stating that party’s MP from Kendrapara Baijayant Panda may soon join Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The news had Twitteratis in frenzy as talks of Panda joining the saffron after remarks against BJD and its style of functioning, have been going on for a long time. The ruling party has been witnessing rebellion by its own leaders and Baijayant has been leading the pack along with two other colleagues.

Sources in BJD said that Panda’s office and some of his supporters have been feeding sensational stories on the MP to national news channels to keep the suspense alive.

The Republic TV, in its official twitter handle, has also tweeted, “There have been differences between Jay Panda and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik: Sources to Republic TV”.

#SuperExclusive: Senior BJD leader may soon join the BJP, sources tell Republic TV.

Meanwhile, Jyoti Prakash Ghosh, political secretary to the Kendrapada MP in a written statement clarified, “We are not aware of any such development. Moreover, honourable MP Baijayant "Jay" Panda is presently in the UK as an international election observer on behalf of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Mission."

BJD’s vice-president and State Food and Consumer Welfare minister Surya Narayan Patrao said, “Came to know about the news as flashed by Republic TV. But, Baijyanta Panda is yet to speak it from his own mouth nor has he formally stated anything to the party or media in this regard. Hence, I cannot comment on it. The truth behind it is yet to be ascertained. However I can say that, as per the prevalent law, a sitting party MP cannot defect to another party as per his wishes else he will lose suo motu his membership in the Lok Sabha.”


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