Vikash Sharma

Amidst the ongoing speculations of an alliance between the BJD and BJP in Odisha, the saffron party's election co-in-charge for the state, Lata Usendi on Friday stated that there would be a double-engine government here.

The senior BJP leader neither categorically ruled out nor gave a clear answer when she was asked by the media regarding the ongoing buzz about the BJD-BJP alliance ahead of the crucial 2024 elections in Odisha.

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“There will be a double-engine government in Odisha this time,” said Lata. Lata further said that there will be development in Odisha as the people here want.

To a question whether the double-engine government will be with BJD, Lata said, “There will be a double-engine government in Odisha.”

It is pertinent to mention here that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Odisha’s Jajpur district on March 5, 2024.

The BJD-BJP bonhomie was clearly visible during Modi’s last visit when he called Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik as his friend during a programme in Sambalpur. However, the state leadership of the BJP has time again targeted the ruling BJD over several issues at regular intervals.

It remains to be seen what twists and turns are witnessed in Odisha’s political scenario in the run-up to the general elections.

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