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No BJP-BJD alliance for RS deputy chairman poll: Javadekar

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Union HRD today made it clear that although the BJD supported the NDA candidate in the election for the deputy chairman's post earlier this week, there is no alliance between the BJP and the regional party.

"BJD and many other political parties supported BJP during election, but there is no alliance and they are not part of the NDA," Javadekar told reporters here.

Ruling NDA candidate and JD(U) member was elected the of the on August 9, securing 125 votes as against 105 polled by opposition candidate B K Hariprasad.

The senior (BJP) was responding to questions on the issue of the (BJD) supporting the NDA candidate in the recent election which has triggered a row with the and others attacking the regional party.

The critics have flayed the BJD's action as it was against its claim about maintaining equal distance from both the BJP and the

Javadekar, who arrived here today on a three-day visit to the state, is scheduled to attend a party meeting in Berhampur tomorrow.

Taking a swipe at the for attacking the BJD for its role in the election, Javadekar said if one fails to get something, it is like sour grapes.

Meanwhile, and today sought to play "Odia card" to counter the allegations of the Congress on polls and tried to push the ball to the BJD's court.

In an oblique reference to the BJD, Pradhan said someone from Odisha could have been elected for the post and sought to know why none from the state was projected for the post.

He said those who are making noises now over the issue, should have taken the initiative in this regard.

The said that for the last 40 years, the post had been with the Congress and NDA was keen to get it.

Reacting sharply to Pradhan's remark, said the the BJP leader's comments are misleading as there was never any discussion on fielding a candidate from Odisha for the post.

He said such remarks from Pradhan is nothing but a sign of his disappointment and frustration.

On his part, (OPCC) took a dig at Pradhan and said while the petroleum minister attacks the BJD government, and speak to over phone.

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First Published: Sun, August 12 2018. 23:10 IST