BJP to play ‘betrayal’ card in Orissa

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).....

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: March 11, 2009 2:15 am

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 Advani’s 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 Yechury’s 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.

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