Bhubaneswar: Giving rest to speculations, after quitting the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) last month, Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda today tendered his resignation as the Member of Parliament (MP) in the Lok Sabha.
Baijayant Panda has sent his resignation letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, he informed in a tweet
“In letter to Naveen Patnaik on my intent to dissociate from BJD, I’d said on completion of my father’s kriyas I’d resign from LS. The day after they ended, I sought to meet Hon’ Speaker as per custom. It wasn’t possible & i understand she’s since gone abroad, so I’ve had it delivered,” Baijayant Panda said in his Twitter handle.
While leaving the BJD on May 28, Baijayant Panda in a letter to Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik had said that he would convey his decision to quit the membership of Lok Sabha to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan later.
“With the BJD and you (Patnaik) yourself having made it abundantly clear that I am unwanted, it is only right for me to dissociate from it.
Separately, I will be conveying my decision formally to the Speaker of the Lok Sabha to accept my resignation from that August institution upon completion of my religious obligations of bereavement,” Baijayant Panda had written in his three-page resignation letter to the BJD president.
He had also stated that he was “hurt and unhappy” over the fact that members of the ruling party did not attend the funeral of his industrialist father Bansidhar Panda.
It is worth mentioning here that Baijayant Panda was suspended from the primary membership of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) by party chief Naveen Patnaik in January last for allegedly indulging in anti-party activities.