"The name of Panda was proposed by BJP's Odisha unit president KV Singh Deo and all the MLAs present at the meeting put their stamp of approval," Javadekar, who was here to oversee the process, said.

Nine of the ten party legislators were present at the meeting and all of them endorsed the name of Panda, he said, adding only Dilip Ray, MLA from Rourkela, who was away, gave his approval over phone.
    
Asserting that Panda's unanimous election as the legislature party leader proved the party's belief in democratic principles, Javadekar said the BJP always encourages young and dynamic leaders. Unlike some political parties which are bogged down with dynastic politics, the BJP is guided by dynamism and it is now ahead because of this, he said.

Referring to Odisha, the Union Minister said though the BJP won only one Lok Sabha and ten assembly seats in Odisha in the recent elections, the party's vote share has registered about 50 percent jump compared to the previous polls.

Increase in BJP's vote share sounds like a warning bell for the ruling BJD in Odisha as the difference between votes bagged by the two parties is not very big, Javadekar claimed.
    
Extending thanks to party men for his unanimous election as legislature party leader, Panda said the BJP MLAs would sincerely highlight the problems being faced by people belonging to all sections in the assembly and try to get them solved.

(Agencies)

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