Update: Jay Panda has joined the BJP in the presence of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in Delhi on Monday.
Former MP from the Biju Janata Dal Baijayant 'Jay' Panda will join the BJP later on Monday, sources said.
In an interview to Republic TV Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami in June 2018 after he quit BJD, he had spoken about supporting BJP and PM Narendra Modi's leadership. Despite being in the opposition, Panda has been a vocal supporter of the BJP and the policies of the Centre under PM Modi's leadership.
"I did support PM Narendra Modi in demonetisation, so did BJD and party chief Biju Patnaik... I have been a supporter of GST for 18 years since I have been in the Parliament, I have been supporter of doing away with the VIP culture for well over a decade for at least a dozen years, I am glad it happened I would have been glad even if it had happned under any other PM," he said.
Soon after he quit BJD in 2018, he had tweeted posts which conveyed his inclination towards BJP and his support to PM Modi.
Earlier in 2018, Panda had expressed his shock at the sinister plot that has come to light to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Taking to Twitter, Jay Panda, he had shared a tweet where the letter detailing the plot is attached and has written:
Cold blooded & deeply cynical. Must not be taken lightly. India shd never again have another tragedy like Rajiv Gandhi's assassination. If anything happens to the PM, nation wd be rent asunder. Needs an Spl Task Force to get to the roots of this, hunt down the conspirators."'
Days before the tweet, Panda had shared another letter on Twitter. This letter was written to him by the Prime Minister condoling the recent death of Jay Panda's father Dr. Bansidhar Panda.
He had written about his deep appreciation for the PM's gesture.
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