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BJD backs Opposition’s vice-presidential candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi

The regional party had supported NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind in the presidential election.

india Updated: Jul 18, 2017 13:19 IST
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik casts his vote during Presidential election, at Odisha assembly in Bhubaneswar on July 17.
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik casts his vote during Presidential election, at Odisha assembly in Bhubaneswar on July 17.(PTI Photo)

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday announced his party’s support to Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the opposition’s candidate for the vice-presidential election.

The regional party had supported NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind in the presidential election, polling for which was held on Monday. However, Patnaik preferred to go with opposition parties this time.

“The Biju Janata Dal will support Sri Gopalkrishna Gandhi,” the BJD president told reporters here.

BJD parliamentary party spokesman Kalikesh Singhdeo said, “Patnaik has proved that the BJD has been maintaining equal distance from the Congress and the BJP.”

Patnaik had in 2012 said Gandhi was an “old and valued friend. We were friends even when I was not in politics”.