Bhubaneswar: Veteran Odia actress Aparajita Mohanty will join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on February 19, informed party spokesperson Pitambar Acharya on Friday.
Aparajita will join the saffron party in the presence of senior party leader and Union Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Dharmendra Pradhan at the State party headquarters, added Acharya.
“I did not get proper guidance in Congress. Now, I am moved by the personality of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and he is the inspiration to me for which I have decided to join the BJP,” Aparajita said.
She is likely to participate in the campaigning by the party for the ensuing Bijepur by-poll scheduled on February 24.
Notably, Aparajita resigned from Congress on February 13.
The actor and politician had joined Congress on February 20, 2014. She had also represented the party from Cuttack Lok Sabha seat in 2014 general but was defeated to BJD’s Bhartruhari Mahtab.
Many cine stars, including Aparajita’s cousin Mahasweta Ray, Mihir Das and Anu Choudhury were recently inducted to the saffron party.