BJP, BJD split in OrissaMarch 8th, 2009 - 12:14 am ICT by IANS
Bhubaneswar, March 7 (IANS) The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) late Saturday announced that they would fight Lok Sabha and assembly elections in Orissa separately, ending their decade-long alliance.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who heads the BJD, told reporters here that his party will fight the Lok Sabha and assembly elections alone.
The BJD and BJP jointly fought the Lok Sabha polls in 1998, 1999 and 2004 and the assembly elections of 2000 and 2004.
In both assembly polls, the BJD contested 84 seats and BJP 63. In the general elections, the BJD contested 12 seats and BJP nine.
The trouble started when the BJD said it wanted to contest more seats in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls as its popularity had increased. But BJP leaders wanted to maintain the old ratio.
Patnaik and BJP MP Chandan Mitra held talks over seat-sharing that failed to break the deadlock, leading to the formal announcement.
- BJP parts ways with BJD, withdraws support to Patnaik government (Second Lead) - Mar 08, 2009
- Sangma arrives in Odisha to seek support - Jul 15, 2012
- BJD, BJP part ways in Orissa (Lead) - Mar 08, 2009
- BJD to abstain in vice-presidential poll - Aug 05, 2012
- BJP rules out poll pact with BJD - Oct 31, 2011
- Patnaik leaves for Delhi to back Sangma - Jun 27, 2012
- Sangma to campaign in Odisha July 15 - Jul 06, 2012
- BJD to field Dilip Tirkey for Rajya Sabha - Mar 16, 2012
- People taking interest in presidential poll: Sangma (Lead) - Jul 15, 2012
- Congress never cared for poor but enriched itself, says Gadkari - Jan 17, 2011
- Pranab in Odisha to seek support - Jul 11, 2012
- BJD refuses to join NDA rally - Dec 15, 2010
- Naveen Patnaik is Sangma's proposer for president's poll (Lead) - Jun 26, 2012
- Patnaik yet to make up mind on joining NDA rally - Dec 09, 2010
- BJP-BJD alliance splits - Mar 07, 2009
Tags: assembly elections, bhubaneswar, biju, bjp leaders, chandan, chief minister, deadlock, decade, formal announcement, general elections, janata party, lok sabha polls, mitra, mp, naveen patnaik, orissa, popularity