Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: It was difficult to ignore the meetings of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav with Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik as a mere courtesy call or a personal one. Adding further fuel to the speculation of a new political equation in the country, Janata Dal (Secular) leader and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda today said the time has come for reunion of the Janata Parivar.

"The political atmosphere in the country is changing day by day. After UP elections people might have realized that the unity of the Janata Parivar is imperative. I have tried earlier and failed. If these leaders have come together, I am prepared to cooperate,” Gowda told OTV.

The statement of Gowda has come a day after both Nitish Kumar and Sharad Yadav who visited Odisha yesterday to pay their tributes to former Lok Sabha Speaker Rabi Ray who passed away after a prolonged illness. The two leaders later had met Naveen separately at his residence.

Gowda has reignited the chatter and speculations of a new political equation including 12 regional parties like Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal (Secular), Janata Dal (United), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) are being made. Many feel that a new political paradigm will take shape after the UP poll results.

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Even BJD, which is expected to play a lead role in any such national alliance, feels that such an alliance is welcome.

“If I were to give my personal opinion, then I will term it as a very good suggestion. If these non-BJP and non-Congress forces join hands, I feel some change will happen. The general opinion is that formation of a Janata Parivar will be a good move, but as far as BJD’s stance on the matter is concerned, it will be clear when the time is appropriate,” said BJD spokesperson, Surya Narayan Patro.

“Since BJD is playing an important role in national politics, it is obvious that the party will receive invitations for an alliance. When the time is right, the party supremo will act accordingly,” said BJD spokesperson, Dibyashankar Mishra.

The rise of BJP both at the national level and in Odisha has undoubtedly forced the non-BJP parties to forge such alliance. But the party feels that such forces have come together in the past and have failed.

“The Janata Dal has a very long history and ironically they have stayed away from each other more often than together. The Janata Parivar joins hands to grab power and breaks away thereafter. Even if it stays united to fight with us, we are prepared,” said BJP national secretary Suresh Pujari.