Will oppose both BJP & BJD in Odisha, no alliance with Congress: Yechury

Bhubaneswar: CPI (M) chief Sitaram Yechury on Monday said that the party will not have a formal alliance with the Congress in Odisha and oppose both the BJP and the ruling-BJD even though the latter is not an ally of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Addressing a presser here in Bhubaneswar during his one-day visit to Odisha, Yechury said, “We will have no alliance with the Congress and at the same time, we will oppose both the BJP and the BJD in Odisha. Though the BJD is not an ally of the BJP, the regional party has unfortunately, all along the last four-and-a-half years, supported the NDA government on different issues.”

The BJD had supported the BJP on demonetisation, the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the presidential and Rajya Sabha deputy chairman elections among others. Besides, the attitude of the BJD towards the BJP is unacceptable for secular parties, he said.

Regarding the party’s plan for Odisha, he said that the CPI (M) will field a candidate only from the Bhubaneswar Lok Sabha seat in the State in the upcoming 2019 elections.

Besides, Yechury said that the party’s agenda in the 2019 general elections will be to maximise the anti-BJP votes in the country and it will also work to defeat the saffron party in the states where it will be in a direct fight with the Congress.

“Our agenda is to maximise the polling of anti-BJP votes in the coming elections. They (BJP) formed government at the Centre by securing only 31 per cent votes the last time while 69 per cent of the electorate had opposed them. This time, we want to ensure that the secular parties come together to oppose the BJP,” he added.