The former bureaucrat joined the regional party in the presence of the chief minister at the latters residence here.
"Amar Patnaik has a very rich experience on working in many states. His joining the BJD will certainly strengthen the party. I welcome him. He will be the head of the IT wing in the BJD," said the chief minister.
"I have a belief that chief minister Naveen Patnaik is the only person under whose leadership Odisha can become the number one state. I was also inspired by Biju Patnaik. All these factors drove me to join the party. More importantly, it is my commitment to work for the betterment of the state," Amar Patnaik told reporters.
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