Bhubaneswar: BJP in Orissa on Tuesday suffered another jolt with one of its leading MLAs announcing resignation from the party, a day before Naveen Patnaik-led government was due to seek trust vote in Orissa assembly.
“I have sent resignation letter to BJP president and speaker of the assembly. I will vote in support of Naveen government,” BJP MLA from Talcher, Mahesh Sahu said, adding that he resigned due to alleged indiscipline in state BJP.
Sahu was elected to assembly twice in a row in 2000 and 2004 on a BJP ticket. Though he was hoping to get a berth in the cabinet, the party did not allow it, sources said.
Sahu was the third BJP MLA to resign from BJP within 15 days. Earlier Brundaban Majhi and Dhaneswar Majhi had resigned from BJP.
However, Sananda Marandi, an MLA from Kualiana in Mayurbhanj district, had resigned from the party a few days ago but later withdrew it.
Sahu’s resignation came a day after former minister Bed Prakash Agarwal resigned from BJP.
Both Sahu and Agarwal were likely to join BJD.
“Sahu has submitted his resignation letter at the party office,” BJP State President Mahesh Sahu said.