Former MLA and senior leader Ashok Kumar Panigrahi resigned from the BJP on Saturday nine days ahead of the bypoll to the Bijepur Assembly constituency.
The bypoll is scheduled to be held on October 21. Mr Panigrahi said he quit the party for being ignored by senior leaders.
"I felt neglected and ignored by party's state leadership. Therefore, I resigned from the BJP," he said, adding that he has sent his resignation letter to the party's state president.
Mr Panigrahi was elected to the Odisha Assembly on a BJD ticket in 2000. He had joined the BJP ...
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