Left supports Patnaik Govt; BJP calls urgent meeting

The Left on Sunday came out in support of the Naveen Patnaik government,which was reduced to a minority following snapping of ties with ally BJP,and even hinted at forging an alliance with the BJD for the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Orissa.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: March 8, 2009 2:03 pm

After losing a critical ally in BJD,a shocked BJP chief Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that he could not ‘ever imagine’ that Naveen Patnaik-led party would snap the 11-year-old ties with the saffron party which is now working on a fresh strategy ahead of the polls.

“I feel it is unfortunate. We could not ever imagine that the BJP-BJD alliance will break down,” Singh said. The saffron party accused the BJD of unilaterally breaking the alliance ahead of the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the state.

“It was a decision of the BJD to break the alliance. Our party leaders are meeting to chalk out the future course of action,” the BJP leader said.

According to sources,the BJP has not given up and the top leadership has activated ‘unofficial channels’ to rescue the alliance.

“The late-night happening was unfortunate. It is not beneficial for both BJP and BJD. Non-Congress vote is sure to be divided but all is not over,” a top party leader said.

The sources said that BJP is trying to convince the BJD that the Lok Sabha and the assembly elections under President’s rule would be damaging to the Patnaik’s party.

The only fear for the saffron brigade is of BJD siding with the Third Front,they said.

Apart from Orissa,the party is slated to discuss coalition developments in Bihar,Maharashtra,Punjab and Haryana as it is worried that the Orissa developments could trigger more tantrums from allies like JD(U) in Bihar and Shiv Sena in Maharashtra.

L K Advani,who is slated to address a rally in Dehradoon later in the day,would be rushing back to the capital to attend the crucial meet on Sunday evening.

The development is perceived as a setback to the ‘Advani for PM’ campaign.

Late Saturday night,the BJP-BJD alliance ended after the talks over seat-sharing in the forthcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly polls failed.

The BJP withdrew support from the Navin Patnaik led government and demanded the imposition of President’s rule in the state.

Left supports Patnaik government,hopes to forge alliance

The Left on Sunday came out in support of the Naveen Patnaik government,which was reduced to a minority following snapping of ties with ally BJP,and even hinted at forging an alliance with the BJD for the upcoming Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Orissa.

“We have said in case of test on the floor,the MLAs of CPI-M will be supporting his (Patnaik’s) government,” CPI-M politburo member Brinda Karat said.

After the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) parted ways with BJP,it sought the support of the Left and other parties in a bid to continue in power.

Patnaik spoke to CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat and party leader Sitaram Yechury has rushed to Bhuwaneshwar accompanied by Orissa CPI(M) Secretary Janardan Pati. The Central Committee of the CPI(M) is holding a two-day session of the Central Committee in Delhi.

Extending support to the BJD,CPI leader D Raja said there will be no threat to its stability due to pullout by the BJP.

“It is a positive development. It is clear that the allies of NDA are learning lessons about BJP’s communal politics out of their own experience,” Raja said.

There is a real possibility for cooperation between the Left parties and the BJD in the upcoming elections,Raja said.

BJD Rajya Sabha member Jay Panda spoke to Raja on Saturday night after the developments in Bhuwaneshwar.

Speaking in the same vein,Karat claimed it was “the beginning of the unravelling of the NDA and the UPA.

“In the coming days,the non-Congress,non-BJP parties will come together to form an alternative government in this government to bring some relief to the people.”

While BJD,headed by Patnaik,has 61 members in the 147-member assembly,it requires the support of 13 more legislators to achieve the magic figure of 74 for remaining in power. The CPM and CPI have one MLA each.

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