Odisha lawmaker Duryodhan Majhi denied ticket by BJP, returns to BJD
An Odisha lawmaker returned to the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) after quitting the BJP on Saturday as the state gears up for polls.
Duryodhan Majhi, the sitting MLA from Khariar, quit the BJP after the party fielded the wife of former BJP MLA Hitesh Bagarti, Rita, from the Khariar Assembly seat.
Mr Majhi had quit the BJD in 2014 after he was denied a ticket.
"I am glad that Duryodhan Majhi has joined back. I welcome him back to the party. His return will strengthen the BJD," Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told media here.