Open to joining grand alliance against BJP: BJD

Mahtab said the UP election next year would have an impact on the 2019 Lok Sabha polls as well.

Written by Debabrata Mohanty | Bhubaneswar | Published:November 3, 2016 2:43 am

THE BIJU Janata Dal (BJD) on Wednesday indicated that it was willing to join a grand alliance against the BJP if it is formed.

“Our position is that we may reconsider our stand of equidistance from both the Congress and BJP. Politics is dynamic and nobody is untouchable. In 1997, when everyone considered BJP as untouchable, we had allied with it,” said Bhartruhari Mahtab, BJD’s Parliamentary Party leader in the Lok Sabha.

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“For the last two years, we have maintained equidistance from the BJP and Congress, but that does not mean we will not reconsider our stand. Once the front takes shape, we may reconsider our position,” he said, indicating that his party would have no problem if Congress joined the proposed front.

Mahtab said the UP election next year would have an impact on the 2019 Lok Sabha polls as well. “The BJD will take an appropriate decision on joining the front at an appropriate time. But we are not thinking any political party to be untouchable.” He said the central government has denied Odisha its due rights.