Political tie-ups and break-ups continue ahead of General ElectionsMarch 11th, 2009 - 7:20 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi/Kolkata, Mar. 11 (ANI): The BJP has expressed confidence over faring well in Orissa even after the ruling BJD pulled away from it ahead of the upcoming General Election.
BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters in New Delhi that his party would contest the polls in Orissa on its own.
BJP will fight elections in Orissa on effective non-Congress space, effective and eloquent, and we have decided that we will fight elections to 147 assembly and 21 Lok Sabha (lower house of parliament) seats declared. We have been getting 18-20 percent votes before and after this break up we are confident that the people of Orissa will vote for us, Prasad said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party led National Democratic Alliance faced a huge blow when Biju Janata Dal (BJD) walked away, saying that it will join the third front.
The BJP decided to withdraw its support from the Orissa Government when they failed to agree on sharing seats in Orissa.
Analysts say the split between the BJP and the BJD could benefit the Third Front, which is trying to build an alternative to the two main national alliances — one led by the ruling Congress party and the other by the opposition BJP.
Orissa has 21 parliamentary seats, of which the BJD won 11 and the BJP seven in the 2004 general election.
Meanwhile, the Trinamool Congress Party said it smelled a Communist conspiracy in the Congress not firming up its alliance with it.
CPI (M) does not want that our alliance take place and it might be their conspiracy. But I will have no problem if they do so as the people of the state with us. We are ready and confident for the polls. If the alliance does not materialize than we will go alone and contest at our own strength, Banerjee told reporters in Kolkata.
India will hold general elections between April 16 and May 13, a mammoth process in which 714 million people will cast their votes.
The Congress, led by Sonia Gandhi, has said it would nominate Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the top job while Lal Krishna Advani is the BJP-led bloc’’s prime ministerial candidate.
Counting of ballots would take place on May 16. (ANI)
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