Bhubaneswar: Bijoy Mohapatra and Dilip Ray may make a comeback to Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on the 21st foundation day of the party on December 26.
Both the leaders resigned from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on 30th November. Former Union minister Dilip Ray and BJP’s national executive member Bijoy Mohapatra sent a joint resignation letter to BJP national chief Amit Shah.
Though it’s not officially confirmed yet, according to some sources Bijoy and Dilip have crafted their political equations before resigning from BJP two days back. They left the national party after getting confirmation from the BJD on their future placement in politics.
Sources says, Bijoy and Dilip will join BJD officially on 26th December. Dilip Ray has already announced that he would not contest from Rourkela anymore. It’s believed that he may replace Pratap Deb in Rajya Sabha. Pratap Deb will resign from his post in January 2019 and will focus on his assembly constituency Aali (Aul). Dilip Ray will go Rajya Sabha in January. Pratap Deb will contest from Aul assembly constituency and Bijoy Mohapatra will take over Kendrapada Lok Sabha berth, sources say.
After Baijayant Panda’s termination from the party, BJD was in search of a suitable candidature to tackle Panda in Kendrapada.And party considers Bijoy befitting for the seat. These decisions will not harm the party by any means. Rather Pratap Deb will be more happy to make a comeback to the assembly. Likewise Bijoy will no way be a hurdle for other aspirants in BJD in Patakura assembly constituency. Now there are four aspirants for the seat from BJD; Khadi Board chairman Tejeswar Parida, educationist Ajnya Rout, Atanu Sabyasachi nayak’s younger brother and Beda Prakash Agrawal’s son.
After their resignation from BJP, Bijoy Mohapatra briefed reporters that they both would announce their course of action within two weeks.
They both were the founding members of BJD two decades back when it was established. However both were also ousted from the party. Bijoy was shown the door in 2000 by party president Naveen Patnaik and Dilip Ray was ousted from the party in 2002.