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BJP claims it will emerge as largest party in Orissa

india Updated: Apr 12, 2009 16:08 IST
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Anticipating a hung assembly after elections in Orissa, BJP today claimed it would emerge as the single largest party but firmly ruled out any post-poll ties with its erstwhile ally BJD.

"In all probability the elections are likely to throw up a hung assembly with fractured verdict by the electorate," BJP legislature party leader in the present assembly Bishwabhushan Harichandan told PTI here.

Harichandan, who was Law and Rural Development Minister in the Naveen Patnaik government till collapse of the BJD-BJP alliance on March 7, claimed the saffron party was expected to emerge as the single largest party in the 147-member assembly after the two-phase polls slated for April 16 and 23.

"If everything goes well we may be able to form the next government on our own... In any case BJP is certainly going to play a major role in the post-poll scenario," he said.

However, the BJP stalwart accepted that triangular and even multi-cornered contest in almost all seats would make it an uphill task for any single party to get a clear majority.

Ruling out any truck with former partner BJD after the elections, he said "there is absolutely no possibility of any understanding with that party after the way in which they betrayed us by snapping 11-year-long ties unilaterally".

Attacking Naveen, he said BJD would suffer setback in polls as his actions had raised question mark among people about his political credibility.