The BJD will support the JD(U) since the two parties have emerged from the Jay Prakash Narayan movement, while the Congress candidate was the AICC in-charge of Odisha and vitriolic in his statements against the BJD, Patnaik said.
The BJD believes that there should be unanimity when it comes to constitutional posts, such as Speaker and deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha, Patnaik, adding his party waited for a unanimous decision to emerge, but it did not happen.
A keen contest is on the cards tomorrow between NDA nominee Harivansh and joint opposition candidate B K Hariprasad for the post of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman, with both sides claiming majority support.
The numbers, however, appear stacked in favour of the ruling coalition which claims the support of 126 members in the Upper House, which has an effective strength of 244 MPs.
The BJD has nine MPs in the Upper House.
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