BHUBANESWAR: As expected, Basant Kumar Panda was on Thursday elected as the president of Odisha BJP.
Panda was declared uncontested as no other contestant filed nomination paper for the top post of the state unit.
The BJP legislature party leader filed three sets of papers at the party headquarters here with 10 proposers.
A notification regarding the filing of nomination for the post of the state BJP president was issued on Wednesday. The filing of nomination was held between 9.30 am and 10.30 am. However, no contestant came forward to file nomination papers other than Basant Panda.
Basant Panda will remain in the president post till next three years, and BJP will fight the crucial Panchayat elections under his leadership.
The outgoing BJP president KV Singhdeo is likely to the legislature party leader as Panda has to cede the post before becoming president of Odisha BJP.
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