“The BJP-BJD alliance is Orissa’s pride and Opposition’s envy!”
This statement by the BJP’s K.V. Singhdeo, former Urban Development minister of Orissa, which was published in RSS mouthpiece Organiser, is bound to leave his party red-faced.
The Organiser was publishing this issue — now out on stands — at a time when the BJD decided to ditch its 11-year ally the BJP and court the Left.
Singhdeo — a scion of the Bolangir royal family — also says the alliance will sweep the elections for a record third time.
To a question over media reports that the alliance was going through a rough time on issues like seat-adjustment, Singhdeo exudes both confidence and contempt for the media.
“There is an old story about the media that the truth is on the sports pages, half-truths in the weather columns and the rest is all lies. Now you know whether we are facing a good time or a very good time. Let us recognise the fact that the partners in the coalition — the BJD and BJP — have seamlessly complemented each other’s popularity. This will be vindicated in the results of the forthcoming elections.”
The former minister signs off by saying that the BJP has grown by leaps and bounds in Orissa and has become a prominent force. While his prophesies about the alliance have gone drastically wrong, his hypothesis on the BJP’s strength remains to be tested. And with the party going it alone, the test will truly gauge its strength on the ground.