The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Monday sought to torpedo the Left parties’ bid to woo the Biju Janata Dal in Orissa with its senior leader P A Sangma saying he was in touch with BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik to discuss an alliance between the two parties.
“I am personally in touch with Patnaik since the collapse of the 11-year old ties between the BJP and the BJD two days ago,” Sangma, the NCP National General Secretary and also in-charge of North-East and Eastern states, told PTI on phone.
The NCP leadership was closely monitoring the fast developing political situation in Orissa in the backdrop of the parting of ways between the BJP and BJD, Sangma said.
He expressed surprise at the “hurried manner” in which the Left parties have tried to woo the BJD, but claimed that the Orissa chief minister could not be “rushed into taking a decision”.
On the Left parties’ decision to send CPI(M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury to Orissa to hold talks with the BJD leadership, Sangma exuded confidence the Naveen Patnaik-led party would “land in the NCP’s company in the end”.
He said the NCP leadership has asked its Orissa unit President Vijay Mahapatra and other leaders to rush to New Delhi for a crucial meeting of the party on Tuesday to discuss political developments in the state to explore the possibility of an alliance with the BJD.