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Need time to decide on joining 'mahagathbandhan': Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Biju Janta Dal (BJD) will decide on joining the "mahagathbandhan" of opposition parties later as it needs time to firm up its decision, party president and Chief Minister said here on Tuesday.

Participating in the BJD's sit-in seeking an increase in the minimum support price for paddy, Patnaik alleged that the BJP ignored the demand despite promising it in its manifesto for the 2014 polls.

Asked about his party's stand on joining the "mahagathbandhan", Patnaik said, "We will take some time and think about it."

The (BJP) has stepped up efforts to increase footprint in where it won nine out of the 21 seats in the 2014 The BJD had won 10 seats and the two.

After its impressive win in panchayat elections in the state in 2017, the BJP has shifted focus on the state with an aim to upstage the BJD.

The success of the in the 2017 panchayat elections in has led to predictions that the BJP will emerge as the largest party in the state in the 2019 elections.

Interestingly, nine MPs of the BJD had voted in favour of NDA nominee Harivansh in the election to the post of held in August last year.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 20:45 IST