Well-known Odia actor Akash Dasnayak joined BJD today in the presence of party president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Berhampur MP Sidhant Mohapatra and Rajya Sabha MP Dillip Tirkey at Naveen Nivas.
Sources said Akash, the son of a labour union leader, was keen on contesting the Korei Assembly seat on a BJD ticket. Preeti Ranjan Ghadai, son of BJD stalwart and former minister Prafulla Ghadei represents the seat.
The cine star said he was inspired by Naveen Patnaik and his development work in the last 14 years in the state.
He left the decision on contesting election on the party chief.
Many cine stars including Anubhav Mohanty, Papu Pom Pom, Mihir Das, Satyaki Mishra have already in the Naveen camp, who either contest the election or campaign for the party to attract voters with their star power.