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Veteran Odia actor Mahasweta Ray joins BJP

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Mahasweta Ray today joined the BJP in the presence of senior leaders, including Pradhan, at the party headquarters here.

"I joined the BJP as I was influenced by the ideology of I do not know anything about the ideology of Naveen Patnaik," Ray said in an apparent dig at the CM.

The BJP is happy to have Ray in the party, said, adding that she will helping strengthening the party's base in the state.

Two other popular Odia actors and Anu Choudhury had joined the saffron party last month.

Ray, one of the acclaimed actors of Odia film industry, has worked in Bengali films too.

She recently ruffled feathers in the industry by questioning the choices of the jury members of the 28th State Films Awards.

Ray, who was awarded the 'Best Performing Actress Award' for her performance in 'Dele Dhara Katha Sare', said she had expected an award for her other film 'Chini'.

The 55-year-old made her debut in 'Sesha Shrabana' in 1976.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 14:35 IST