**Bhubaneswar**: Senior BJP leader and sitting Patnagarh MLA KV Singhdeo was on Thursday named as the leader of the BJP Legislature Party in Odisha Assembly replacing Basant Panda.
A notification on the context was issued on Thursday by BJP headquarters in New Delhi, said Odisha BJP President Basant Panda.
Speaking over phone, Singhdeo said, “I wanted the responsibility to be given to a young face. That is the reason I had been reluctant to take over the position. However, I will try to discharge the duty assigned by the party to the best of my ability.”
Welcoming the decision, State BJP spokesperson Sajjan Sharma said: “K V Singh Deo is one of the senior leaders of the party and a sitting MLA appointed now named as leader of the legislature party. Amit Saha has announced it and all of our MLAs are happy and welcome it.”
It may be recalled her that, Panda succeeded Singh Deo as Odisha BJP President this January.
It may be noted here that BJP has ten legislators in a 147 member Odisha Assembly.