Bhubaneswar, 14 May-2014, Abhijit Saha: The BJD has given hints to join new government at Centre. Also, the leaders of the party have even agreed that they have no hitch at extending conditional support to the NDA.
However Naveen Patnaik has not revealed anything regarding their support to NDA in formation of government at the Centre. He said this after his return to Bhubaneswar from New Delhi after a week’s break.
Patnaik said to the media that he had no talks or discussions anything like that. He also said that the party has not yet thought of it and would wait for the results.
Patnaik’s statement comes after supposition about talks between BJP and BJD for their probable support to the NDA if it forms the government at the Centre. It is noteworthy to remind that BJD was a partner of NDA but got separated before the 2004 Lok Sabha elections.
Some leaders of the BJD have also agreed that they have no hitch to present conditional support to the NDA. The statement of BJD’s chief whip, Prabhat Tripathy to the media has all of a sudden opened ways for the BJP to seek for a coalition in the regional party. Tripathy said that BJD is open to present external support if welcomed respectfully by the BJP.
He has also indicated that he would rather give preference to NDA over UPA or Third Front. He has also said that the state has three major demands viz Polavaram Project, Special Status and Special package and that if BJP would agree to pay attention to our demands, then we are ready to prop up the NDA government. It may be noted that suppositions over BJD supporting the NDA were widespread after Naveen left for New Delhi trip after the polls.