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Naveen fit candidate to be PM: BJD leader

IANS  |  Bhubaneswar 

Biju (BJD) on Friday said is fit to be the of the country.

"The people of and want to be the of In the past, there was a talk in favour of (former Chief Minister) Biju Patnaik to be the Prime Minister," Patro told here.

The statement came just six days before the announcement of the Lok Sabha poll results on May 23. With regional parties coming together to play a crucial role in the next government formation, the BJD hopes to gain if no national party gets a majority.

The BJD Vice President, however, said that should not be the with the support of the

The grand old party's history says it has pulled out support prematurely after making Prime Ministers in the past, he added.

He also said BJD will no longer adopt the equi-distance policy and it will extend support to whoever works for Odisha's interest.

Notably, Naveen Patnaik had earlier stated that his party would play a key role in the formation of next government at the Centre as no national party would get the majority in the Lok Sabha elections.

Both the and are trying to form the government with the support of regional parties. Earlier, Prime Minister had praised Naveen Patnaik for rescue and relief operations in cyclone Fani affected areas in the state.

has sent letters to non-NDA parties including BJD for a meeting on May 23, the day results of the Lok Sabha elections are to be announced.



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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 16:20 IST