Nation First News: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has announced its candidates for the upcoming Rajya Sabha Bypolls. BJD President & Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik nominates Party Spokesperson Dr. Sasmit Patra and party’s IT Cell Head & former A-G Amar Patnaik.
BJD has also decided to back BJP candidate and former Bureaucrat Ashwini Vaishnaw for Rajya Sabha Bypolls from Odisha. Ashwini Vaishnaw was a former Bureaucrat and worked as Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s Private Secretary.
Naveen Patnaik has clarified that BJD has decided to support BJP candidate Ashwini Vaishnaw following a discussion with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah.
It is believed that both parties have finally joined hands as BJD has offered one Rajya Sabha seat to BJP despite having the strength in the Assembly to win all 3 seats vacated by its MPs.
Meanwhile, Subroto Bagchi has been appointed Chairman of Odisha Skill Development Authority (OSDA) with Cabinet Rank.