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BJD accuses BJP of pursuing hindutva agenda in Orissa

india Updated: Mar 17, 2009 20:00 IST

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The BJD on Tuesday accused the BJP, with which it shared power for nearly a decade in Orissa before snapping ties early this month, of trying to implement its "Hindutva agenda" in the state.

"They (BJP) were creating disturbances for last six months. When government took bold steps to check trouble they started opposing," BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told an election rally.

"BJP tried to implement its hindutva agenda in Orissa after realising that its vote base was declining. This was not acceptable to us," said BJD MP Pyari Mohan Mohaptra, who is considered the main strategist of Patnaik.

Claiming that BJD was not responsible for the break up of the 11-year-old alliance, Mohapatra alleged that BJP had made up its mind earlier to quit coalition to pursue its 'communal aganda'.

Mohapatra, often blamed by BJP leaders for the break-up, said the saffron party had no option but to work on its 'Hindutva agenda' to save its vote base.

"I am not responsible for the break up. I just placed the real picture before the BJD supremo on the dismal performance of the saffron party which was supposed to go to polls under Naveen Patnaik's leadership," he said.

The bureaucrat-turned-politician said BJP's popularity graph could be gauged from its poor show in recent civic polls.