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BJP celebrates as retired IAS officer Ashok Tripathy joins party

Bhubaneswar, June 9, 2018: Until recently political parties in Odisha are relying on performing celebrities, mostly actors and actress, to lure voters. Many have joined various parties, including the ruling BJD and opposition Congress and BJP.

Now, political parties are relying on retired bureaucrats and IPS officers. Almost two months after former Mumbai Police Commissioner and retired IPS officer Arup Patnaik joined the ruling BJD in the presence of party president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and was subsequently appointed as Executive Chairman of the newly-formed State Youth Welfare Board with a rank of a Minister of State (MoS), the BJP on Saturday roped in retired IAS officer Ashok Tripathy into the party fold.

Euphoria was palpable in the BJP office here today as Tripathy started his political journey by joining the party in the presence of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan at the party State headquarters here.

A welcome arch was built at the party office to welcome Tripathy and his supporters into the party fold.

A native of Banki in Cuttack district, Tripathy, a 1981-batch IAS officer had served in many positions in Odisha during his career. Tripathy superannuated from the elite service of IAS as Member Board of Revenue on September 1, 2016. Tripathy is known for his versatile character and created new benchmark in Land Revenue System during his incumbency as Member Board of Revenue.

Welcoming Tripathy to the party fold, Pradhan said his joining will certainly strengthen the party organisation.

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