Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik has disappointed the opposition camp today by clearly stating his party BJD’s stand that it will not be a part of the mahagathbandhan (grand alliance), proposed by non-BJP parties like Congress and TDP.
Patnaik said as part of his party’s policy, the BJD will continue to maintain equal distance from both the BJP and the Congress.“We will continue with our policy of equidistance from the BJP and the Congress,” he said.
“I want to clarify that as far as the Mahagathbandhan is concerned, the Biju Janata Dal is not a part of it,” Patnaik told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting in Bhubaneswar.
Two days ago, he said that he will take a stand on it in a couple of days. The opposition parties, particularly Congress making efforts to bring him into their proposed alliance.
From the begining, Patnaik has been maintaining cordial relatins with whatever party is in power in New Delhi. For the last four and half years, he has been supporting Prime Minister Narenra Modi on all issues in Parlaiment.
However, as elections are approaching he has been turning to be critical of Modi’s policies, particularly accusing that the Centre is not extending any help to the farming community. He even led his party’s dharna in New Delhi this week demanidng remunerative prices to paddy.