Odisha Lok Sabha MP and Biju Janta Dal leader Baijayant Jay Panda quit the party today. The MP from Kendrapara district submitted his resignation letter to BJD chief and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
In a letter to Mr Patnaik, Jay Panda said, he has decided to quit the politics into which the BJD has descended. The letter further said that he would convey his decision to the Lok Sabha Speaker soon.
Panda has been a parliamentarian of the BJD since 2000 and was a founding member of Biju Janata Dal. He was suspended from the party’s primary membership in January 2018 on disciplinary grounds.