Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has ruled out any electoral tie-up with the BJP, putting to rest all speculation that had gained ground on a possible alliance between the formidable regional outfit- BJD and the saffron party, ahead of the 2014 parliamentary polls.
The BJD supremo also sought to rubbish any semblance of alliance with the Congress, the chief Opposition party in the state.
“Let me make it very clear that there is no question of my party having any electoral alliance with the BJP. We had a seat sharing adjustment with the Left parties before the 2009 polls in the state. But it is too premature to talk of any pre-poll alliance with them as of now as the general elections in the country and assembly polls in the state are one and a half year away,” Patnaik said.
The BJD had no truck with the BJP ever since the severing of ties between the two parties in March 2009, just ahead of the last assembly elections. The BJD having a cakewalk at the 2009 hustings and emerging as a party with no challengers, bagging 103 seats and looking almost invincible, there was no talk of any alliance with any other party.
But the recent aborted coup plot hatched by rebel MP Pyari Mohan Mohapatra, parading cracks in the BJD, had prompted Naveen to go for some drastic measures to consolidate the party and reinforce its ranks to quell any possible dissent in the future.
After suspending Mohapatra and stripping three ministers of their portfolios - Anjali Behera, Sanjeev Sahoo and Sarada Prasad Nayak, Naveen found succour in the joining of all four NCP legislators- Amar Prasad Satapathy, Ram Chandra Hansda, Prashant Nanda and Naveen Nanda in BJD. Plans are also afoot to induct loyalists of the late Biju Patnaik, who had been thrown out of BJD earlier, into the party fold.