The state is witnessing an increasing rate of defections with politicians jumping to and from one party to another.
The defection has gained momentum as the three major political parties -- the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress -- are busy giving finishing touches to their final lists of candidates.
While the ruling BJD is attracting leaders from the opposition parties, BJD leaders who are unlikely to get party ticket are taking a plunge into the saffron pond.
The BJP is making serious efforts to dethrone the Naveen Patnaik government in the state.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said Majhi's decision to join the BJP and reposing faith in the transformative governance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will further strengthen the party in Odisha, especially in the tribal-dominated areas of the state.
BJD's Nilgiri MLA Sukanta Nayak on Friday resigned from the primary membership of the party.
At the same time, former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Hemananda Biswal's daughter Sunita Biswal, BJP's 2014 MLA candidate from Nilagairi Sushama Biswal, Pradeep Disari of the Congress and BJP leader from Khurda Jitu Mitra have joined the BJD.
"Uncle (Basanta Panda) is working for the party, not for the area. The BJP leadership is acting like an autocrat. That's why I am quitting the party", said the junior Panda.
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