OJM will form govt after 2014 polls: Pyari

Bhubaneswar: A day before Odisha Jana Morcha’s (OJM) public rally in Sambalpur, expelled MP Pyarimohan Mohapatra on Thursday sprang a surprise while revealing that OJM would take up reins of the state government after the 2014 general election.

“OJM will form government with the support of 80-85 MLAs,” Mohapatra told mediapersons after convening a meeting in Sambalpur.

When asked about the coalition parties of OJM, he said, “I don’t want to disclose names of the parties, but certainly not with Congress and the ruling Biju Janta Dal (BJD).”

Replying to a query whether OJM is open to Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) to forge alliance, Mohapatra said ‘they are free to join’.

The OJM leader, who was ousted after the May 29 incident by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik amidst allegation of his conspiracy to dethrone the BJD supremo, maintained that time will tell everything.
Mohapatra was instrumental in breaking the decade long electoral ties between the ruling BJD and the BJP before the 2009 general elections. The OJM leader had also admitted his role in separating BJP from BJD in 2009.

BJD chief whip Pravat Tripathy however countered Mohapatra’s statement saying it as ‘day dream’.

“An outfit which has neither taken shape of a political party nor decided its political allies, how can it think of to form government?”

The OJM chief on Sunday had said over three lakh members have joined his organization and majority of whom are from the ruling BJD.