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BJD is equidistant from Congress, BJP, will fight for Odisha: Patnaik

Damodar Rout said the party had no hesitation in joining hands with Congress for next Assembly polls, but later he said this was his personal opinion

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

BJD is equidistant from Congress, BJP, will fight for Odisha: Patnaik

Chief Minister on Tuesday asserted the maintains equal distance from the and the Congress, a day after his Cabinet colleague said the party had no hesitation in joining hands with the for the next Assembly polls.

The chief minister's remarks prompted Rout, who is also the vice-president, to say that his suggestion was his "personal opinion".


chief Patnaik said today tweeted, "is equidistant from the and the With blessings of our people, we will continue our fight for the rights of "
The next Assembly elections in the state is due in 2019.

Rout had yesterday said the party had no hesitation in forging ties with the for the Assembly polls.

He, however, had said the party president would take the final decision.

As Patnaik made the party's stand clear on the issue, Rout said the suggestion of possible tie-up with the was his personal opinion.

The is in a strong position in the state and does not need an alliance with any party to win the polls, Rout said, adding his idea of going with the was meant to defeat "communal forces".

Senior leader and minister S N Patro also said there is no such plan of forging an alliance with the and Rout's comment is his 'personal view'.

Meanwhile, senior leader Niranjan Patnaik said, "It is alone which can defeat "

First Published: Tue, October 24 2017. 19:31 IST
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