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Veteran Ollywood actress Aparajita Mohanty joins BJP

Bhubaneswar: Veteran Ollywood actress Aparajita Mohanty joined BJP on Monday.

Aparajita Mohanty joined BJP in presence of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and other senior leaders at party's state headquarters in Bhubaneswar.

The Ollywood actress said she joined the saffron party after being inspired by the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Dharmendra Pradhan said joining of Aparajita will strengthen the party in the coming days.

Mohanty had on February 13 resigned from the Congress party.

Aparajita had joined the Congress just ahead of the 2014 General Elections. The national party had fielded the veteran actress from Cuttack parliamentary constituency but she was defeated by BJD's Bhartruhari Mahtab by over two lakh votes.

Aparajita Mohanty is likely to campaign for BJP candidate Ashok Panigrahi for the by-poll to the Bijepur Assembly constituency. Ollywood actor Mihir Das, actresses Anu Choudhury and Mahasweta Ray, who had joined BJP recently, are campaigning for the party in Bijepur by-poll.

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