Former MLA Debaraj Mohanty Resigns from BJP After Ticket Denial

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GG News Bureau
Berhampur, 3rd April.
 Debaraj Mohanty, who previously served as MLA for Aska in Odisha’s Ganjam district, has resigned from the BJP after not being given a ticket to run in the upcoming assembly election.

On Tuesday, the BJP announced 112 candidates, with 12 being from Ganjam district out of the total 13 assembly seats.

Mohanty, who was a BJD legislator for Aska in 2000, 2009, and 2014, submitted his resignation to the party’s state president, Manmohan Samal.

Prior to the 2019 election, Mohanty left the BJD after not receiving a ticket and joined the BJP. However, he was unsuccessful in the last election.

“Since joining the BJP, I have been actively participating in all party activities in Aska. Unfortunately, the party did not nominate me for a ticket,” said the 71-year-old Mohanty.

Saroj Padhi, another former MLA, has been chosen by the BJP to replace Mohanty. Padhi previously served as an Independent MLA in 2004.

“I will discuss with my supporters to determine our next steps,” Mohanty stated, adding that he would consider returning to the BJD if offered a ticket.

Both the BJD and Congress have yet to announce their candidates for the Aska constituency.

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