Orissa unit of Bharatiya Janshakti merges with SP

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Bhubaneswar, Mar 24 (UNI) The Orissa Bharatiya Janshakti Party today merged with the Samajwadi Party at a function here.

Bharatiya Janshakti president Arabinda Dhali told newspersons here that a decision on the merger was unanimously taken at the state party working committee meeting here in the first week of this month.

All the Bharatiya Janshakti party office bearers of the state and districts joined the Samajwadi party along with him, he said.

Mr Dhali said he chose to quit the Bharatiya Janshakati Party, led by Uma Bharti, as he was disgusted with Ms Bharti's ''stepmotherly'' attitude towards the state and her love for the BJP.

Mr Dhali said Ms Bharti withdrew all her candidates against the BJP in the last Assembly elections in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh and also expressed her intention to rejoin the BJP.

The former Orissa Minister, who had quit the BJP and joined the Bharatiya Janshakti to lead the state unit, said he felt that the Samajwadi Party was fighting for social justice of the poor, farmers and tribals in the country and could provide an efficient, corruption-free and clean government to the people.

Samajwadi Party state president Kailash Mishra said Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav had appointed Mr Dhali as a national general secretary of the party.

Mr Dhali would be re-elected at the party's national conference, scheduled to be held at Jabalpur from March 26 to 28.

Mr Mishra said a massive convention (Maha Milan Sammilani) of the party would be held at Umerkote on April seven and would be attended by party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, general secretary Amar Singh, senior leaders Jaya Pradha and Jaya Bachchan.

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