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Former Congress man joins BJD

Bhubaneswar: Twenty days after resigning from the Congress on January 18, former legislator from Sundargarh Jogesh Singh joined BJD on Wednesday together with his supporters at the party headquarters right here.
He joined hours before Congress president Rahul Gandhi addressed a public rally at Rourkela in Sundargarh district, his home turf. Welcoming him into the party, BJD president and chief minister Naveen Patnaik mentioned Singh’s joining will give a boost to the party group within the tribal-dominated district.

The two-time legislator used to be suspended from the Congress on January 17 for anti-party activities that resulted in his resignation.

Senior BJD leaders from Sundargarh district were present throughout Singh’s joining. BJD chief Kusum Tete, who unsuccessfully contested the 2014 assembly election against Singh, used to be also observed at the dais. She had to start with antagonistic Singh joining BJD. “The chief minister has paid particular consideration to the development of Sundargarh district. I joined the party to expedite the process. I can paintings with all dedication and commitment,” mentioned Singh.

Asked whether he would contest the 2019 assembly elections from Sundargarh, he mentioned it's up to the BJD president. Singh is the second one senior chief after Naba Das, who quit the Congress, to join the ruling party ahead of the following elections. Das joined BJD on January 24, an afternoon before Rahul’s public assembly in Bhubaneswar.

Meanwhile, the state govt has appointed Tete as chairperson of the particular building council, Sundargarh, an afternoon before Singh’s induction into the BJD.

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