BJP Elects Senior Member Samir Mohanty As President

Senior BJP member, Samir Mohanty has been elected as the state president, in a unanimous decision made by the party. This announcement was made by Union Minister and BJP’s central observer for organizational polls, Narendra Singh Tomar.

“I am happy the party showed unanimity in choosing Samir Mohanty. He will take charge as the BJP’s Odisha unit president on Friday,” Tomar told the reporters after announcing Mohanty’s name as Odisha BJP Chief.

Before being elected in this post, Mohanty was the vice president of the state BJP, a position that he has held since 2016. Subsequently, he was the only candidate to file nomination for the highest party post in the state, and the 61-year old was accepted without any opposition at a meeting held in the presence of party’s district unit presidents, MLAs, MPs, and council members.

The post was vacant after the retirement of Basanta Panda who was elected to the Lok Sabha representing Kalahandi in the 2019 general elections. Mohanty will also be holding the position of spokesperson of the party. He is also an active trade union leader, hailing from coastal Odisha.