Bhubaneswar, June 22(LocalWire): Former bureaucrat Ashwini Baishnab and the BJP’s candidate for the upcoming Rajya Sabha by-polls in Odisha formally joined the saffron party at its state headquarters, here on Saturday.
Baishnab joined the party in presence of the state BJP chief Basant Panda and other senior leaders.
Meanwhile, the Biju Janata Dal has named Amar Patnaik, head of its IT Wing and Sasmit Patra, its spokesperson and secretary of minority affairs as the candidate for the by-election.
The Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also announced that his party would support Baishnab’s candidature as per discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The by-elections to three Rajya Sabha seats in Odisha will be held on July 5.