Senior BJP leader Subash Chauhan, who was denied a party ticket to contest from the Bargarh Lok Sabha constituency, resigned from the party on Tuesday. Mr. Chauhan quit despite being appointed vice-president of the party’s Odisha unit.In his resignation letter to the BJP’s State unit president, Mr. Chauhan said he felt that the party was now being controlled by a particular leader and the Sangh Parivar was being used to protect him.A former national president of the Bajrang Dal, Mr. Chauhan had contested the Lok Sabha election as a BJP nominee in 2014 and lost the election by 11,000-odd votes.The BJP has fielded its national secretary Suresh Pujari from Bargarh for the upcoming poll. Mr. Pujari had unsuccessfully contested from Sambalpur in 2014.After being denied the Lok Sabha ticket, Mr. Chauhan was offered a ticket to contest from the Bijepur Assembly constituency, which he had turned down. Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal president Naveen Patnaik is contesting from Bijepur this time.Mr. Chauhan’s resignation comes close on the heels of the resignation of Raj Kishore Das, a senior leader from Mayurbhanj district, from the BJP.Mr. Das, who resigned from the party on March 23, had formally joined the BJD on Monday.According to political analysts, the two resignations will affect the BJP’s poll prospects in western Odisha as well as in the Mayurbhanj Lok Sabha constituency in north Odisha.