Third Front healthy option, says Patnaik

Published: 15th April 2013 03:03 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th April 2013 03:03 PM   |  A+A-


Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Monday said that a Third Front before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls was a very healthy option but it was still "early" to explore the idea.

Patnaik, however, ruled out any alliance with his party's former partner, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

"There is no question of any alliance with the BJP," he told reporters on the sideline of a conference here.

The Biju Janata Dal (BJD), which has ruled Odisha since 1999, had an alliance with the BJP till 2009. It snapped ties with it just before the 2009 assembly polls.

Asked if there was a chance of forming the Third Front, Patnaik said: "I think the Third Front is a very healthy option. But it is still early days."

The Third Front is an alliance of non-Congress and non-BJP parties.


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