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Expelled BJD MLA Damodar Rout joins BJP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Damodar Rout, an MLA in the Assembly and former in the BJD government, on Thursday joined the BJP in presence of senior party leaders.

Chief had recently removed him from his cabinet and later expelled him from the BJD.

Rout joined the BJP in the presence of and and in-charge of

Rout said he would work for the ouster of the in the Assembly elections scheduled to be held along with the Lok Sabha polls.

Pradhan said his joining the BJP will strengthen the party in the state.

Rout had been a minister in all the four governments headed by Patnaik and was seen to be close to him before falling out with the

He is the second BJD bigwig to switch over to the saffron camp. Recently, Bijayant Panda also joined the BJP.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 21:25 IST