LS polls: After quitting BJP, Duryodhan Majhi returns to BJD

Duryodhan Majhi, sitting Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Khariar, on Saturday returned to the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Speaking to ANI, Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) chief Naveen Patnaik said, "I am glad that Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Duryodhan Majhi has returned to the party. I welcome him. His returning will strengthen BJD." Majhi quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after the party fielded wife of former BJP MLA Hitesh Bagarti, Rita, from the Khariar Assembly seat. Majhi had quit BJD in 2014 after he was denied a ticket. Odisha will be going to polls in four phases-on April 11, 18, 23 and 29. The state will be voting simultaneously for parliamentary and assembly constituencies. There are 21 Lok Sabha and 147 Assembly seats at stake in Odisha.