Bhubaneswar, Dec 6 (LocalWire): Former Congress MLA Chakradhar Paik joined Biju Janata Dal (BJD) here on Thursday.
Paik met Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik at Naveen Niwas here and formally joined the latter’s party.
“I have joined the BJD without any terms and conditions,” said Paik.
“I had joined politics inspired by Biju Patnaik and decided to join BJD to work for the people of Mohana in the last phase of my career,” he said.
Paik had won from Ramagiri constituency in 1974 on Utkal Congress ticket, the party founded by Naveen Patnaik’s father Biju Patnaik.
In 2009 he contested on Congress ticket from Mohana and was elected to the assembly.
He contested his last election in 2014 as an independent candidate, failing to get a Congress ticket.