Alleging the inherent support of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) for each other, the Congress party turned both the parties bride and groom and married them off in a satirical gesture.
The humorous wedding was solemniseed at Master Canteen Square in Bhubaneswar on Thursday with a proper alter and the pundit conducting a yajna with marriage mantras.
The Congress even went to the lengths of printing invitation cards for the marriage with the date and venue for the same.
Distributing invitation cards to the guests, Congress said both the BJP and BJD have been together since the last 25 years. Now it is time to marry them off.
“This is nothing new. They have been together since 25 years. Not a single bill brought by the Central government has ever been opposed by the BJD in Parliament. Their friendship is so strong that they even send MPs to Rajya Sabha together. BJD’s chit-fund scam has been suppressed by the Centre. But they are doing drama of opposing each other before the people,” said Student Congress president Yasser Nawaj.
“This is the holy land of Lord Jagannath. We do not accept live-in relationships in Odisha. So if they are together, it is better to marry them off, so that the people will know their actual relationship,” Nawaj added.
OPCC Chief Ajoy Kumar said, “BJD is the brand ambassador and partner in life with BJP. They roam hand in hand in Delhi’s Lodhi park and stage drama in Odisha.”
Responding to Congress’s allegations and the wedding, BJP leader Biranchi Tripathy said, “Congress has become delusional. The reason being their near-extinction situation from Odisha and India. Congress does not have any moral grounds to say this.”
Similarly, BJD leader Bhupindar Singh said, “It will not have any effect on the people. Voters generally never accept a party which plays such kind of game during election time.”
It is pertinent to mention here that the Congress had undertaken a similar marriage of BJP and BRS in Telangana before the Assembly elections last year.
Notably, the Odisha Congress has kick-started a 20-day-long Jana Sampark Bus Yatra from January 21. The Yatra will cover all the 147 Assembly constituencies in the state.