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RS dy chairman poll: Support was for JD(U) not BJP, says BJD

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Under fire from the Opposition for backing the NDA candidate in the deputy chairman's election, the today said that it had supported the JD(U) due to "ideological similarities" and continues to maintain equal distance from the and the

The ruling Biju (BJD) in Odisha had voted in favour of the (BJP) led candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh-- a first-time of the (United).

and Odisha Minister had on Aug 8 declared support for Singh after holding talks with JD(U) and Bihar Minister

As there were two candidates in the August 9 election, the supported the JD(U) because of our ideological similarities since the movement, BJD said in a statement.

"The BJD believes that when it comes to the (election for) constitutional posts such as speaker, of Rajya Sabha, unanimity should be there. However, that did not happen," he said.

"We had made our stand clear two days ago. However, the opposition party leaders are not ready to understand the circumstances. We have nothing more to say," he added.

In the wake of the NDA nominee winning the keenly fought contest with 125 votes against 105 by the (UPA) contestant B K Hariprasad, a fuming Opposition led by the has mounted a scathing attack on the BJD.

Odisha Pradesh Committee (OPCC) in a tweet posted separate pictures of Patnaik and purportedly talking about the election with the caption "phone a friend".

In a separate post, he shared another photo of Patnaik captioned "all lines to this route are busy" mocking the chief minister's alleged failure to get access to Modi to discuss the special category status for Odisha and illegal encroachment by governments in and

The Congress further said, "The PM and the CM have been talking a lot on phone these days. Wonder when will they talk about issues on Odisha? Why does not the CM pick up the phone and ask the PM to intervene on the construction of barrages on Mahanadi by the ruled government?"

Ridiculing Naveen Patnaik's claim of maintaining equal distance from the NDA and the UPA, he said in another post: "The equal distance has turned into better understanding. The games of BJD and BJP have been totally exposed. Sad that BJD has chosen to ally with BJP, a party which betrayed Odisha on every front ..."

further accused the BJP of betraying the people of Odisha and its own cadre.

"120 has turned into Mission 420 for the people of Odisha and BJP members," he said.

BJP chief had launched the 'Mission 120' campaign in 2017 claiming that the party will storm to power in the state with two-thirds majority in the next assembly elections.

The Congress urged and Jual Oram, both from Odisha, to join the Congress if they wanted to serve the people of the state as Congress was the only credible opposition.

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First Published: Sat, August 11 2018. 19:40 IST