CPI hints at tie-up with BJD

Bhubaneswar: Communist Party of India (CPI) leader A B Bardhan on Saturday showed his party’s eagerness to form an alliance with BJD for the next general election.
While talking to reporters after the CPI National Executive meeting Bardhan said, “We consider BJD is far away from both Congress and BJP. It has certainly qualified as one of the parties with whom we will try to negotiate.”
The senior CPI leader added efforts are on to form a non-Congress and non-BJP government at the Centre.
Bardhan also thanked BJD chief and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik for extending moral support to two-day trade union strike call against FDI in retail on February 20-21. “During the meeting with All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) leaders, Naveen Patnaik specifically said that he fully and morally supports the strike call,” said Bardhan.
Meanwhile, the CPI leader opposed proposals for disinvestment of Nalco, work at the Posco site and the Centre’s decision on Direct Cash Transfer system.