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BJD seeks left, JMM and independents' support to save Govt

A day after the Naveen Patnaik ministry in Orissa was reduced to a minority following withdrawal of support by BJP, hectic political activity began in Bhubaneswar today with ruling BJD working to garner support of fringe political parties and independents to save its government. While BJD, headed by Patnaik, has 61 members in the 147-member assembly, it requires the support of 13 more legislators to achieve the magic figure of 74 for remaining in power.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2009 15:17 IST

A day after the Naveen Patnaik ministry in Orissa was reduced to a minority following withdrawal of support by BJP, hectic political activity began in Bhubaneswar on Sunday with ruling BJD working to garner support of fringe political parties and independents to save its government.

While BJD, headed by Patnaik, has 61 members in the 147-member assembly, it requires the support of 13 more legislators to achieve the magic figure of 74 for remaining in power.

The BJP, which had 32 members in the assembly, suffered a setback as two of its MLAs resigned from the party last week accusing the saffron outfit of deviating from its ideology. The party, therefore, has an effective strength of 30.

Hopeful of getting the support of two MLAs of the Left parties--one CPI (M) and CPI member each, the BJD is also confident of securing the consent of four JMM MLAs. According to BJD sources, the party is also hopeful of getting the backing of eight independent members.

"We have already decided to support BJD in Orissa. However, we need formal approval from the central leadership", JMM legislature party leader Bimal Lochan Das said.

Patnaik spoke to CPI (M) General Secretary Prakash Karat last night after withdrawal of BJP support and senior party leader Sitaram Yechury will be in Bhubaneswar today to hold talks.

CPI (M) Politburo member Brinda Karat said in case of a floor test, the CPI (M) MLA will support Patnaik.

The NCP also appeared not to be averse to the idea of supporting the BJD government. BJD sources said its leaders were in touch with NCP chief Sharad Pawar in this regard.

A senior BJD claimed that his party was confident of getting the support of 14 members, one more than the requisite 13 MLAs.

With Patnaik keen on obtaining a written assurance from all those ready to support his government, he is likely to meet Governor M C Bhandare only after securing the letters of support from them, the party sources said.

BJP was, however, forceful in demanding immediate resignation of Naveen Patnaik and imposition of President's Rule in the state.

"Since the people of Orissa had voted for BJD-BJP alliance and not for Naveen Patnaik or his BJD, he should step down from chief ministership forthwith," BJP Legislature Party leader Bishwabhushan Harichandan said.

While Orissa is headed for assembly polls along with the Lok Sabha elections, BJD is against imposition of Central rule and wants the elections to be held under Patnaik as Chief Minister, the party sources said.