NEW DELHI: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Thursday accepted the resignation of BJD MP Baijayant Panda.
Panda had met Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in New Delhi on Wednesday, requesting her to accept his resignation.
The Speaker today informed that Panda’s resignation from the Lower House has been accepted on July 18.
Though reliable sources had revealed about the acceptance of his resignation on Wednesday, a formal announcement was made by Mahajan before the members of Lok Sabha on the second day of the ongoing Monsoon Session of the Parliament.
“Panda, who represented the Kendrapara constituency in Odisha, has given his resignation from Lok Sabha. I accepted his resignation with effective from July 18,” she said.
With this, the number of the BJD members in Lok Sabha has reduced from 20 to 19.