TAKING a cue from Karnataka,where the BJP made huge gains when it played the sympathy card (after the party was ditched by its alliance partner,the Janata Dal-Secular),the party is set to make the issue of betrayal its poll plank in Orissa.
The BJP will also argue that by snapping ties,the BJD has compromised the anti-Congress plank,thereby indirectly reviving the Congress in the state. At the same time,however,the BJP will keep the possibility of a post-poll tie-up with the BJD alive in the state.
There are no full stops in politics. Nothing can be said as of now, said Rajya Sabha member Chandan Mitra,who acted as L K Advanis emissary during the talks with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
When contacted,BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad too spoke in a similar vein. Politics is full of expectations. Post-poll alliances cannot be discussed now, he said.
The BJP is planning to contest all the 147 Assembly seats and 21 Lok Sabha seats in the state. While it has a strong presence in western Orissa,it will have to scout for candidates in other parts of the state.
The people of Orissa must be told (by Patnaik) why a perfectly harmonious,development-oriented alliance was abruptly broken off without any provocation… was it only because of differences over seat-sharing or was there a hidden agenda? said Prasad.
By associating with the CPI(M),the B-team of the Congress,the BJD has abandoned the anti-Congress legacy of the state, said Prasad,adding that the Left parties had denounced Patnaik loudly for over a decade.
The BJP also argued that CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechurys statement that his party was in talks with BJD for the last two-three months showed that there is more to the break-up with the BJP than meets the eye.