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BJD MP Balabhadra Majhi joins BJP

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Balabhadra Majhi, from in Odisha, on Saturday joined the BJP here. Only recently he had announced to quit the BJD.

joined the BJP at the party headquarters in the presence of for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and recently appointed

The party leaders expressed confidence that Majhi's joining will boost the BJP's prospects in the state in ensuing Lok Sabha and Assembly polls.

also met later in the day.

Panda, a former BJD leader, joined the BJP on March 4. He had resigned from the BJD around nine months ago after differences cropped between him and

Several senior leaders from various parties have defected to the BJP in the past a few days.

Some of the high profile defections include Tom Vadakkan, a long-time aide of who joined the BJP questioning the party for its reaction to the air strike against JeM in

TMC MP Anupam Hazda, MLA Dulal Chandra Bar and CPM MLA Khagen Murmu are some of the other big names who have defected to the BJP recently.

The legislative and are slated to be conducted simultaneously in Odisha in four phases between April 11 and April 29.

On March 10, the announced that the Lok Sabha elections will be conducted in seven phases. The results will be declared on May 23.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 18:28 IST