Jagatsinghpur: In the view of the ongoing three tier Panchayat polls, BJD has appointed Ashok Kumar Mohanty as the new President for the BJD unit of Tirtol block party sources informed.

The new appointment was necessitated owing to the arrest of former BJD President Aswani Kumar Das, for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 1.2 lakh from an executive engineer for suppressing an inquiry against him.

Das was subsequently suspended from the BJD as per the recommendation made by the party’s Jagatsinghpur district unit and the post was lying vacant since past two months.