Bhubaneswar: BJD president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has appointed former director general (DG) of All India Radio (AIR) Giridhari Mohanty as the national spokesperson and national media coordinator of the party, informed BJD state secretary Bijay Nayak through a press statement on Saturday.
The move came hours after Mohanty joined the ruling party in presence of party president Naveen Patnaik at his residence here.
Mohanty’s appointment as national spokesperson is aimed at enhancing the party’s media reach at national level, party sources said.
Mohanty had served as the spokesperson of the Central Bureau of Investigation from 2002 to 2008. He had also served as the Registrar of Newspapers of India from 2008 to 2010 and DG of advertising and visual publicity from 2013 to 2014 and member, media advisory committee of National Human Rights Commission during 2010-12.