Berhampur, March 25 (LocalWire): Former Jagannath Prasad MLA Simanchal Behera, his wife and supporters have joined the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD), a party source said on Monday.
They were inducted at a function at Hatiota in the presence of Polasara MLA Srikant Sahu on Sunday.
Welcoming him into the party fold, Sahu said, his joining would strengthen the party in Ganjam district. “We are happy to have him in the party.”
In 2000, Behera was elected as MLA from the reserved seat (SC) in a Congress ticket.
Speaking on the occasion, Behera said he will campaign for BJD to ensure its victory.
Meanwhile, Congress has nominated Hari Swain from Polasara, after its ex-MLA Niranjan Pradhan quit the party to join BJP recently.