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‘Humiliated’ NCP snaps ties with BJD

The Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) called off its alliance with the ruling BJD in Orissa.

Written by Debabrata Mohanty | Bhubaneswar | Published: December 30, 2010 1:49:48 am

The Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Wednesday called off its two-year-long alliance with the ruling BJD in Orissa,saying it would no longer like to be “humiliated at the altar of coalition politics”.

The decision to sever ties was taken at the NCP state executive meeting here presided over by its president Utkal Keshari Parida and attended by other senior leaders. “We may be a small party,but we can’t be treated like dirt. So we decided to sever all ties with BJD,” said Parida. “We had supported BJD in the last Rajya Sabha elections without any condition. We also gave all support to it both inside the Assembly and outside.”

In the 147-member Orissa Assembly,NCP has just four MLAs while BJD has 103. Party supremo Sharad Pawar has been informed of the development,said Parida.

Party leader Arun Dey said NCP understood that their withdrawal of support would not make any difference to BJD. “But neither BJD nor Naveen Patnaik can deny our contribution in saving his government in the no-confidence vote after BJP withdrew support just before the 2009 Assembly elections. We saved Orissa from coming under President’s Rule,” said Dey.

BJD sources said NCP was eyeing a ministerial berth after the party had a pre-poll understanding with it. But with BJD securing a majority in 2009 Assembly polls,NCP was too small a partner to take note of. NCP leaders said the party would now target Naveen over mining scam and NREGS scam.

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