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Congress ex-MLA Jogesh Singh likely to join BJD today

BHUBANESWAR: The BJD may just walk into a possible minefield because it seems set to induct Jogesh Singh, the previous Congress legislator from Sundargarh, into the celebration fold on Wednesday, the day Congress president Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to visit the state for the second time inside two weeks.

There has been protests from a piece of BJD workers in Sundargarh towards Singh becoming a member of the celebration. The celebration had lately drafted its Sundargarh in-charge Prashanta Nanda and senior celebration leader Pranab Prakash Das to take a look at and convince local celebration leaders regarding Singh’s inclusion. But assets said it didn't move as planned.

“Singh will sign up for the celebration with none preconditions as he has approved the leadership of our chief minister. There was once some resentment amongst celebration workers apprehending that Singh could also be the BJD candidate for Sundargarh assembly segment. We have informed them that the verdict is up to the BJD president,” Nanda said.

Singh, who lately resigned from the Congress and the state assembly an afternoon after he was once suspended for anti-party actions, is most probably to sign up for the BJD at an impressive show at celebration headquarters in Bhubaneswar in the presence of chief minister Naveen Patnaik.

With the induction of the two-time Congress legislator, the BJD wants to make its debut in the tribal-dominated assembly segment but it surely will not be a cakewalk in the face of opposition from within the celebration. This may just additionally prevent the celebration from fielding Singh as its candidate in the 2019 elections, a supply as regards to BJD said.

However, his recognition amongst voters could be an asset for BJD. “Going through Singh’s recognition amongst voters in his constituency, he'll be an asset for our celebration all the way through the elections. If BJD retains energy, Singh could be given a better posting,” said a BJD leader.

Singh had defeated BJD’s Sunil Kumar Singh Deo through 20,930 votes in the 2009 assembly ballot and the ruling celebration’s Kusum Tete in 2014 through 12,584 votes.

Given that the BJD lacks organizational strength in the western a part of the state, it is searching for possible applicants from different parties to win the maximum collection of seats from around the 38 to 40 on offer in the area. Earlier, the BJD had inducted former Congress working president and ex-Jharsuguda MLA Naba Das.

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