Jagatsinghpur, March 18 (LocalWire): Raghunandan Das, a senior BJP executive member, has resigned from the party, citing personal reasons, a person privy of the development said.
Das sent his resignation letter to state unit president Basant Panda on Monday.
Sources said Das was a strong ticket contender from the Balikuda-Erasama seat, but Paradip MLA Damodar Rout’s entry into BJP and decision to field him from there may have irked him.
Das had recently attended Rout’s welcome ceremony in Bhubaneswer after his inclusion in BJP.
Rout’s selection from the seat has thrown Das’ supporters in disarray.
In 2014 elections, Das had contested from the seat as independent, and bagged 32,135 votes.