Oram’s remark nothing more than wishful thinking: Naveen

Bhubaneswar: Rubbishing BJP leader and Union Minister Jual Oram’s statement on some BJD MPs and legislators showing interest to join BJP, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said the remark can be tagged as ‘wishful thinking.’

Patnaik was replying to a query by newsmen after meeting the panchayat raj representatives of Puri district. ”I can only say that his (Oram’s) statement is just wishful thinking,” Patnaik said.

Asked about any probability of a Bihar-like alliance owing to the saffron surge in rural polls in Odisha, Patnaik said, “The general elections are far away and its too early to take any such decision.”

Also read: Ruling-BJD MPs, MLAs in talks to join BJP: Jual Oram

Earlier in the day, Agriculture Minister Pradeep Maharathy said, “The chief minister will examine the issue of farm loan waiver raised by the Delang block chairman and consider it.” The Odisha government has already decided to waive the subsidy on purchase of power tiller and tractor, the minister added.

The CM also stated that the government will examine the demand for waiver of farm loan and take a decision.

The Chief Minster has been meeting the panchayat raj representatives of different districts in phases at the BJD State headquarters office for past few days.