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BJD chief Patnaik non-commital on supporting NDA

PTI  New Delhi, May 14, 2014
First Published: 15:59 IST(14/5/2014) | Last Updated: 16:17 IST(14/5/2014)

Odisha chief minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday remained non-committal on supporting NDA in government formation at the Centre.

"No talks at all. We have not discussed anything. We have not thought of it yet. Let us wait till the results," he said.

Patnaik's comment came after speculation about talks between BJP and BJD for their possible support to the NDA if it forms the government at the Centre.

BJD was an partner of NDA but parted ways just before the 2004 Lok Sabha polls. A senior BJD leader had on Tuesday indicated conditional support to NDA in government formation at the Centre.

"Keeping in view the opinion of the whole country and the state's interest, there should be no problem in providing conditional support to NDA to form government at the Centre," BJD's chief whip Pravat Tripathi had said.

Senior BJD leader Jay Panda, however, said the matter needs to be discussed within the party and a call on this will be taken by the party supremo.

"On this issue, Pravat Tripathi has suggested that conditional support can be given but this is an issue which needs discussion inside the party and ultimately the party leaders and president Naveen Patnaik will take the final call," Panda said.


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