Bhubaneswar:Kalahandi MP Arka Keshari Deo quit the BJD on Tuesday. He resigned from party over denial of the party ticket for the Kalahandi Lok Sabha seat.
“We laboured tirelessly for the last five years. The BJD had no presence in Kalahandi earlier. Still, we won five MLA seats in the district and many NACs and Zilla Parishad zones. We could have been notified prior to the announcement of the candidates’ list. I am shocked by the move,” said Deo.
“I and my wife were called to the Naveen Niwas and discussions were held. But I was deprived of the ticket. This is nothing but betrayal,” he said after submitting his resignation to BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik.
Notably, Pushpendra Singh Deo has been given the party ticket for the Kalahandi Parliamentary seat.