Odisha News Insight

Ex-Minister Padmalochan Panda resigns from Congress

ONI Bureau:   Former Minister and senior Congress leader Padmalochan Panda on Sunday resigned from the primary membership of the party.

In a letter to Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik, Panda informed about his resignation from the primary membership of the party alleging lack of coordination and growing infighting among the party members.

A three-time MLA from Simulia Constituency in Balasore district, Padmalochan Panda is likely to join BJP on October 11.

He was the minister of State for Fisheries and Animal Resources Development and Panchayatiraj departments from 1999 to 2000 in Odisha.