BJD not to support UPA, NDA at Centre

March 14th, 2009 - 5:42 pm ICT by ANI  

ANI (National), Mar 14 (ANI): The Biju Janata Dal Chief and Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday said that his party would not support either a Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) or a BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre.

Patnaiks statement came a day after the Communist Party of India (CPI) General Secretary A. B. Bardhan met him to persuade him to join the Third Front.

The BJD, however, said his party would consider its move only after the polls.

When asked about the speculations that the BJD may rejoin the NDA after the general elections, Patnaik said he was in no mood to do business with the BJP leadership either at the Centre or at the state level.

Since the BJD has snapped ties with the NDA, many political parties have been trying to persuade him for a possible alliance.

Apart from Left leaders, the Janata Dal- Secular (JD-S) chief H. D. Deve Gowda had also invited the BJD leader to participate in the launching rally of the newly-formed Third Front on March 12. (ANI)

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