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BJD equidistance policy is for public consumption: Panda

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Former BJD on Thursday said the party's stand about continuing equidistance from both the BJP and the in the coming polls is for public consumption and its voting pattern in Parliament would tell it all.

Wednesday announced that his party would continue with the policy of equidistance from the BJP and the and not join any grand alliance the opposition parties are trying to form before

"This equidistance policy is for public consumption. You should not be carried away by public statement by the BJD chief," Panda told on the sidelines of an event here.

"If you look at BJD's voting record in the parliament you will see there is a particular pattern to it. That is what the reality is," he said without elaborating.

Suspended by the for "anti-party activities" on January 24 last year, Panda resigned from it on May 28.

About forming his own party, the two-time from Kendrapara in Odisha said, "That is one of the possibilities. I will decide soon.... Many people are asking me to do that. I will have to evaluate if many of the national parties are serious about fighting corruption and crime in Odisha."

Earlier in the evening, Panda attended the launch of his book "Lutyens' Maverick: Ground realities, Hard choices and Tomorrow's India".

"In the 18 years that I served in the Parliament, I have tried to keep a foot in and resolutely another foot back in my constituency, state and country.

"I think often that there tend to be two worlds that don't understand each other and don't always talk in the same language.

"It is crucial for all whether they are in media, or are from any other walk of life to bridge the gap and that is what I have tried to convey in my book," he said at the book launch session organised by Indian Chamber of Commerce.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 22:35 IST