Fear of cross voting grips BJP, BJD

Bhubaneswar:  Ahead of tomorrow’s much awaited Prez poll, senior members of both Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) have called their respective MLAs for party meeting today evening. Though the gathering has been termed as ‘formal’ by both parties, fear of cross voting, following the May 29 alleged coup against Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik still gripped them that could reveal the members’ loyalism for their respective parties.
While BJD MLAs will gather at Naveen Niwas to get briefing about the prez poll on Thursday, AICC general secretary and Odisha in-charge Jagdish Tytler will address the gathering who arrived here on Tuesday.

Though BJD hopes votes of all its 108 MLAs supporting former Lok Sabha speaker and presidential candidate P A Sangma, the party is yet to recover from cross voting fear after the alleged failed coup to topple Naveen and suspension of some members from the party for their alleged involvement in the move.