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Former Lok Sabha MP Hema Gamang quits BJD


Press Trust of India Bhubaneswar
Former MP Hema Gamang today resigned from the BJD, citing negligence by the ruling party towards her constituency as one of the main reasons behind the decision.
Gamang, who is also the wife of former Odisha chief minister Giridhar Gamang, said: "Mentally, I had quit the party long ago. Today, I just sent my papers to BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik."

Alleging that the party has ignored her requests and demands several times in the past, Gamang said she and her supporters were not allowed to meet Chief Minister Patnaik to discuss pressing issues in Laxmipur constituency.
Asked if she was planning to join any other political outfit, Gamang said, "I have not decided about my next move now. I will think about it after holding a meeting with my well-wishers and supporters."

Speculation is rife that the former MP might join the BJP, having met Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on April 15.
Gamang had joined the BJD just before Assembly elections in 2014. She was elected to the 13th Lok Sabha in 1999 on a Congress ticket.

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First Published: Apr 27 2018 | 3:15 PM IST

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