BHUBANESWAR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today rejected the Congress claim and categorically ruled out the possibility of any cross voting by the BJD lawmakers in the presidential election scheduled on July 17.
"I do not think so at all," Naveen told mediapersons while replying to a question on the possibility of cross-voting in the presidential polls.
The chief minister's statement assumes significance in view of the claim of Congress chief whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati that several MPs from BJD and even BJP would vote for UPA presidential candidate Meira Kumar.
Bahinipati had claimed about the possibility of cross voting by BJD MPs and MLAs after some ruling party MPs questioned the support extended by Naveen to the NDA presidential candidate soon after a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The chief minister, however, said, "My party (BJD) is supporting Ram Nath Kovind as the presidential candidate and we had a meeting today.
We requested all MLAs, MPs of the party to support Kovind." Earlier, Kovind met BJD and BJP lawmakers separately before returning to New Delhi.