Aska (Ganjam),15/03/19:Congress leader and former Aska MLA Saroj Padhi joined BJP at State headquarters in presence of union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and State president Basant Panda and other senior leaders.Saroj had unsuccessfully contested from Aska on Janata Dal ticket in 1995. Again in 2000, he was also defeated in the same seat. However, he had been elected to the Assembly in 2004 independently.He had also unsuccessfully contested in 2009 and on Congress ticket in 2014.
Similarly, former member of the State Commission for women Tilottama Nayak also switch over to BJP. She had earlier resigned from her post in the commission.