**Bhubaneswar: ** After being denied party ticket to contest again her represented Lok Sabha seat, sitting Kandhamal MP Pratyusha Rajeshwari Singh has tendered her resignation from the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD).
In her resignation letter dated March 19, 2019 addressed to BJD president Naveen Patnaik, she has mentioned, “This letter is a formal notification of my resignation from the party.”
“With a heavy heart I would like to state that utter injustice has been done to me in spite of my loyalty and dedication to the party and the people I represent. My hard work in the districts of Kandhamal and Nayagarh have been overlooked today as I have been denied a party ticket to contest in the upcoming elections. I have been deprived of working for and serving the people this time,” she has rued in her resignation letter.
She questions, “After declaring 33 percent reservations for women, the reward for me being the first woman contestant in Kandhamal and winning from around three lakhs votes difference was being denied a ticket, Sir?”