Naveen Non-committal on Supporting NDA - The New Indian Express

Naveen Non-committal on Supporting NDA

Published: 15th May 2014 09:07 AM

Last Updated: 15th May 2014 09:07 AM

A day after exit polls predicted National Democratic Alliance coming to power, the ruling BJD seems to be sending signals to the BJP for lending possible outside support.

While Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is non-committal on his party’s support to a NDA formation at the Centre, others in the BJD do not rule out such a possibility.

On his return from Delhi, Naveen told reporters that he had not discussed the issue with anybody in Delhi and the party still maintains its stance of equidistance from both the Congress and the BJP.

“Let me say it quite clearly that there is no discussion or talks over alliance with any party,” Naveen responded  to repeated queries from reporters on BJD’s possible support to NDA.

When the BJD supremo’s attention was drawn to Government Chief Whip Pravat Tripathy’s comment on the issue extending support to the NDA, Naveen said he does not know about it.

Earlier, Tripathy told a TV channel that keeping in view the opinion of the whole country and the State’s interest, there should be no problem in providing conditional support to NDA at the Centre.

Tripathy, however, said the the matter needs to be discussed in the party and a final decision will be taken by the party president.

In his tweet, senior BJP leader Baijayanta Panda has said the matter needs to be discussed within the party and a call on this will be taken by the party supremo. Replying to a question on BJD’s possible support to the proposed Third Front, the Chief Minister said, “We have not thought about it yet.”

Asked whether the BJD still maintains its ‘equidistance’ stand, the Chief Minister said, “Of course it has been the position of the party till now.”

Sources, however, said the Chief Minister was in touch with a few top leaders of the BJP, including Arun Jaitely, during his week-long stay in Delhi.

He is stated to have conveyed the message of his party’s support to the BJP interlocutor. The BJP is reported to have told Naveen to wait till the poll results are out.  The ruling BJD was an NDA partner till 2009, but parted ways ahead of the general election that year.

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