Is BJD eyeing for a bigger role at Centre?

Bhubaneswar: The ruling-BJD in the State, which has been stressing on maintaining equidistance from both the Congress and the BJP, seems to have changed its game plan. Going by BJD MP Tathagata Satpathy’s statement, the BJD might forge an alliance (post 2019 election) with the party that will come to power at the Centre in 2019 general elections.

Replying to a query on BJD’s interference in CBI affairs on Friday, Satpathy stated that if any State government can stage-manage the role of bureaucrats at the Centre, it should rule at the Centre.

He further said, “If BJD does well in the 2019 general polls, the party chief may want his partymen to rule at the Centre and there is no harm in it.”

Reacting to the MP’s statement, the State BJP general secretary Bhrugu Baxipatra said that the NDA doesn’t need to form alliance with any other party as the saffron party would win more number of seats in the 2019 polls as compared to the previous general polls.

Taking a jibe at Satpathy, Baxipatra questioned, “Has Naveen Babu given party chief position to Satpathy?”

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On the other hand, PCC working president Pradeep Majhi said anything is possible during the ensuing polls and Congress can form alliance with like-minded parties to form government at the Centre.

“If there is any change in political scenario, regional parties can join hands with the national party and form Third Front in which BJD might play a crucial role,” said Majhi.

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