Actor Arindam quits BJD, joins BJP


Bhubaneswar, March 15: Odia actor and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) state general secretary Arindam Roy Friday resigned from the primary membership of the party and, within a few hours, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

In a letter to BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Roy wrote, “I, Arindam Roy, General Secretary of your party beg to state that I have been working in your party since 2009 and have been the star campaigner of your party since 2014. I have been working at the grassroots level as an observer in various elections in Cuttack, Tirtol, Tirtol by-election, and Koraput (Zilla Parishad & Municipal elections). But with a heavy heart, I am very sorry to say that my work has not yet been recognised by you or your appointed members. I have been trying to meet my leader, which is you, for quite some time, but unfortunately, I did not get the opportunity to meet you.”

He also wrote, “Therefore, I feel that I do not fit the criteria of meeting you, and my place in your party is nothing. So I am resigning from the post of General Secretary, BJD, and the primary membership of your party. I hope you will understand my situation and not keep any grudge against me.”

A few hours after submitting his resignation, the RAM actor joined the BJP in state party office. Arindam was welcomed to the party by BJP’s state unit president Manmohan Samal and other leaders at the party office here. Soon after joining the saffron party, Arindam said, “I joined BJP inspired by the leadership of the Prime Minister. I will work for BJP as long as I can.”

Arindam was last seen in action movie RAM directed by Ashok Pati also starring Bengal actor Rupsha Mukhopadhyay.

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