Bhubaneswar: Former Congress MLA from Koraput, Krushna Chandra Sagaria, Sunday formally joined the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and expressed his desire to contest against Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the Assembly elections.
Sagaria, a prominent Dalit leader who was elected from Koraput on a Congress ticket, joined the BSP in the presence of the BSP’s Odisha in-charge, Dharamveer Singh, at a function held here. “I would like to contest elections against Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, if the BSP supremo allows me to do so,” Sagaria told reporters.
On November 6, 2018, Sagaria had resigned from the legislator’s post stating that he had no moral right to hold the position after the Kunduli gangrape and suicide incident. He was expelled from the Congress on January 19 along with former Union Minister Srikant Jena for indulging in anti-party activities.
On the rape and suicide of the Kunduli victim, Sagaria said the minor Dalit girl, who was raped on October 10, 2017, had committed suicide on January 22, 2018 after being denied justice.