Bhubaneswar: Former Works secretary Nalinikanta Pradhan joined the Biju Janata Dal in presence of party president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at Naveen Niwas here on Friday.
“I am sure that his presence will strengthen the party further,” said Patnaik.
Sources said Nalinikanta Pradhan is likely to contest the 2019 elections.
Earlier, Pradhan had resigned as Works secretary.
On March 1 this year, Odisha government
appointed senior most engineer Rasananda Sahu as the new Works secretary.