Odisha News Hawk: While welcoming former Khurda MLA and BJP leader Jitu Mitra back to BJD, CM Naveen Patnaik has expressed confidence that BJD would do very well in the upcoming elections.
“We will do very well. We are working hard on it. We will manage well. I can assure you Biju Janata Dal will do very well”, he told the reporters. Naveen Patnaik also hinted that BJD would announce the list of candidates for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls very soon.
Jyotirindra Nath Mitra alias Jitu Mitra, who was with BJD earlier won the assembly polls from Khurda in 2004, had left the party in 2014 after being denied ticket and joined BJP, but lost to his arch-rival Rajendra Kumar Sahoo. Both have been at loggerheads for years. It would be interesting to see who of them would get the BJD ticket this time and how the other person would be rehabilitated.
Meanwhile Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has appointed former bureaucrat Dr. Gopabandhu Dash as his Political Secretary. Dr. Dash had worked in the CMO on two occasions in the past and considered as a efficient political strategist. He had resigned from service on Friday.