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BJD not to support Congress-led UPA: Naveen

Bhubaneswar: In the wake of the DMK’s decision of pulling out of the UPA government, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supremo Naveen Patnaik on Monday ruled out his party’s support to the Congress led UPA government at the Centre.

“The BJD will not certainly support Congress,” Patnaik told reporters while replying to a question on his party’s stand after DMK’s decision of pulling out of the UPA government.

The BJD supremo, after severing decade-long ties with the BJP-led NDA, has been maintaining equi-distance from both the parties.

“BJD being a regional party is working for the interest of Orissa and will not support neither NDA nor UPA at the Centre,” Patnaik had told reporters immediately after the 2009 General Election.

The BJD, a regional outfit with 14 MPs, is considered as a potential group which can come to the rescue of UPA after DMK’s pull out.

The speculation regarding BJD’s possible support was rife after party’s senior MP and chief strategist Pyari Mohan Mohapatra yesterday indicated that the regional party could discuss on the issue.

“No one has approached us so far. If any proposal (for support) comes, we will discuss amongst ourselves and consider,” Mohapatra had said.

Of the 21 Lok Sabha seats from Orissa, six are held by Congress and one by CPI.

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