The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seems to have hit a rough patch in Orissa with only four MLAs in the 147 member house after one legislator was on Tuesday convicted and sent to jail in a case relating to Kandhamal riots.
The party's first time MLA from communally sensitive G Udaygiri Manoj Kumar Pradhan, elected to the in 2009 polls from the prison, had to return to jail six months after being released on bail.
Earlier, the party's MLA from Bonai in Sundargarh district, Bhimsen Choudhury was suspended on June 17 after he abstained from the Rajya Sabha elections defying the party whip.
Though Choudhury had expressed interest to return to the party, state BJP president Jual Oram refused to forgive the him dubbing him a "betrayer".
The party's four MLAs are: former minister K V Singhdeo (leader of the BJP Legislature Party), Jaynarayan Mishra, Karendra Majhi and Hitesh Kumar Bagarti.