Bhubaneswar,9th May 2017 (By Prasant Kumar Bhuyan)-MP Jayaram Pangi joins BJP with Followers Suspended BJD leader Jayram and son, Former Koraput MP Jayaram Pangi, who was suspended from BJD in March this year, formally joined BJP at the saffron party’s state headquarters here today. It may be recalled here that Pangi was suspended from the BJD by party president Naveen Patnaik on charges of anti-party activities.I treated Naveen Babu as my leader”, he added.The Koraput strongman further stated -“I was a isciplined member of BJD. The party did not take 40 seconds to spoil my efforts of 40 years to oust me”.His joining will boost the party organisation in tribal dominated areas, especially Koraput, said Jual Oram, union minister for Tribal Affairs.On the other hand, BJD said Pangi’s move would not affected the part. “His joining will not make any difference to BJD. Many tribal leaders have joined us recently. Even when he (Pangi) was with BJD, he worked for other parties”, BJD spokesman Rabi Nanda said.A former Koraput district president of BJD, Pangi was suspended by party supremo Naveen Patnaik for allegedly indulging in anti party activities.half months since he was suspended from BJD, former MP Jayaram Pangi along with hundreds of his supporters today joined BJP in presence of union minister Dharmendra Pradhan here at BJP State headquarters.Senior leaders Giridhar Gamang and Biswa Bhushan Harichandan were present among others during the formal announcement about his joining.“Respecting the party and its leaders, I joined BJP today. I want make it clear that I have not set any terms and conditions before joining. Pangi and hundreds of his supporters joined BJP in the presence of party leader Dharmendra Pradhan and senior BJP leader Biswabhusan Harichandan.“I have not set any terms and conditions before BJP for joining the party. My position will be decided by the party,” Pangi said.“I was a disciplined worker in BJD and never indulged in anti-party activities. I wonder why I was suspended from the party,” he said.“The BJD is doing exactly the opposite of what Biju Babu (Biju Patnaik) dreamt about Odisha,” he added. Reacting over the inclusion of Pangi in BJP, BJD spokesman Rabi Narayan Nanda said, “It will not make any difference to the party. Several tribal leaders from Koraput have joined us. Jayram Pangi was working for other parties while he was in BJD.”“Pangi will repent in future for leaving BJD,” Nanda said. It is the party only, which can decide my position”, Pangi addressed a press meet.Coming down heavily on BJD, Pangi said the ruling party is doing against the ideology of Biju Babu. “BJD is doing exactly the opposite of what Biju Babu dreamt about Odisha. Former MP and suspended BJD leader Jayram Pangi today joined BJP in the presence of Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan at the party State headquarters in Bhubaneswar. The former Koraput BJD president’s younger son Jagatjyoti Pangi and daughter Ambika Pangi too joined the saffron camp.This apart, a large number of people from Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Koraput and Khurda also joined BJP. After the joining ceremony, Pangi said the suspension order was a big jolt to him as he never revolted against the BJD party leadership.“I was a disciplined BJD worker. I was associated with Biju Patnaik for last 40 years but was put under suspension within 40 seconds. The suspension was a big punishment for me,” said Pangi, adding that he was attracted with the pro-poor schemes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Welcoming Pangi and his son and daughter to the party fold, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said Pangi’s joining will yield results in Koraput. The action on the tribal leader, also a former Minister, came in the wake of a revolt in the recently concluded election to the post of Koraput Zilla Parishad Chairman.