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Odisha: Biju Janata Dal to launch membership drive in September

File photo of Naveen Patnaik. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

ANI Bhubaneswar, Odisha Aug 24, 2019, 02.17 PM (IST)

Ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) will launch its membership drive on September 2 to strengthen the party's base ahead of the civic body polls in Odisha.

BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday formed a state-level committee to monitor and coordinate the membership drive.

The committee consists of Rajya Sabha MP Prasanna Acharya, MLAs Debiprasad Mishra, Pratap Keshari Deb, Pradeep Panigrahi, Pranab Prakash Das and Pramila Mallick, and former legislator Sanjay Kumar Das Burma.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had also launched its membership campaign in July to strengthen its base in the coastal state.