Accompanied by his supporters, Naik reached BJD state headquarters and joined the party formally.
"I joined the BJD for the development of my area. I am also influenced by the clean image of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. All my supporters have suggested me to join the BJD for the development of my constituency," Naik told reporters.
Naik's joining will strengthen the BJD in Kalahandi district, Patnaik said.
Earlier, Naik had alleged that he was neglected and humiliated by some senior leaders in the party and was unhappy over affairs in the Congress.
(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)