Alliance with political parties soon: Pyari

Bhubaneswar: Expelled Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader and Odisha Jana Morcha (OJM) chairman Pyari Mohan Mohapatra on Wednesday revealed that his party would forge a ‘grand alliance’ with political parties soon.
Announcing this Mohapatra said a coalition of at least 15 fringe political parties would be formed very soon to provide a suitable alternative to the ruling BJD and Congress.
“We are in the process of talks and everything will be finalised in a month’s time,” Mohapatra said.
The bureaucrat-turned-politician too informed that OJM has been accorded political party status and it would receive party symbol by November end.
The Rajya Sabha MP was talking to media on the sidelines of the senior congress leader Bibhuti Mishra's joining in OJM. Mishra, who unsuccessfully contested 2009 LS election on Congress ticket had declared to quit the party yesterday.
On the other hand, the septuagenarian did not rule out strengthening his party with the support of Soumya Ranjan Patnaik who on October 1 was expelled from Congress party for six years due to ‘anti-party’ activities.
When asked about any possibility to invite the former Lok Sabha member to join hands in the coalition, Mohapatra promptly said, “We’ll discuss with him if forms any party.”
Political analysts however believe that since Pyari has already declared to strengthen OJM with less known political parties in the coming says, it would be an uphill task for the ruling party to retain its support base to win the 2014 polls.