BJD To Support Front Which Grants Odisha Special Status

Bhubneswar: Changing its stance of maintaining equidistance from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has said it is now open to support any front which will grant special status to Odisha.

BJD vice president Surya Narayan Patro said, “The party which will think about Odisha will get our support”. Special Status to Odisha was the poll issue of BJD.

Patra also said that Naveen Patnaik is ‘Perfectly Fit’ for PM Post.

The latest statement by BJD assumed significance as the country is just few days away from the Lok Sabha poll results, which will be out on May 23. The last phase of polls will be held tomorrow.

BJD, which had served in the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) for almost 10 years, left the coalition in 2009 and also had termed the saffron party as “communal”.

Reportedly, the Congress is reaching out to Patnaik, Telengana Rashtriya Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao and YSRCP’s Jagan Mohan Reddy. Rao and Reddy have also maintained an equal distance from both the BJP and the Congress so far.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telegu Desam Party (TDP) chief, Nara Chandrababu Naidu, who met Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal a day ago, will meet Congress president Rahul Gandhi today to hold talks over post-poll alliance.

Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who headed the BJP’s poll campaign, praised Patnaik for effectively handling cyclone Fani, which hit the coastal areas on May 3.

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