Bhubaneswar: In what can be termed as a big jolt to the Congress in Brahmagiri, former late Congress MLA Lalatendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra’s younger brother Lalitendu Mohapatra and daughter Upasana Mohapatra have decided to join the BJP.
Lalitendu and Upasana and scores of admirers of the late Congress leader would join the BJP on October 14. Lulu Sena secretary Rajendra Panda said it was not the duo’s decision to join the BJP.
The people of the constituency and the Congress supporters have decided that they would join the saffron party. The Lulu Sena activists have also decided to join the BJP.
In his reaction, BJD general secretary and incumbent Brahmagiri MLA Sanjay Dasburma said, “It is their political decision. It is for the people of Brahmagiri to decide.
Talks of their possible change of guard were fuelled after the Triranga Yatra of BJP at the ancestral village of Lulu in Gadarodanga in the recent past and felicitation of Lulu’s daughter Upasana by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the ‘Paika Rebellion’ anniversary celebrations in Delhi. Moreover, close association of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan with Lulu’s family and his presence in some social programmes sponsored by the top Congress leader had also added to speculations. Pradhan had also visited Lulu’s house after his death to console the bereaved family.
On the other hand, the State BJP which has a weak base in Brahmagiri is optimistic of strengthening the party organisation in the BJD bastion after this move. A new political equation is likely to emerge in Brahmagiri as some former Congress MLAs who are said to be strong associates of the late leader are expected to accept BJP membership.