Saffron Veteran Jual Oram’s statement on possibility of certain leaders joining the saffron party may have created a flutter in the state politics, but the Union Minister’s utterances are not completely wrong.
Mr.Oram has said that BJP is now a party of opportunities for Odisha politicians as a number of senior leaders of both BJD and Congress, including some sitting MPs and MLAs have expressed their interest to join it.
"The senior leaders of both BJD and Congress are in constant touch with the BJP central leadership. They see a possibility in the BJP, particularly after its victory in four states including Uttar Pradesh," Mr.Oram said.
What Mr.Oram is saying is not completely wrong. The leadership of both the BJD and the Congress must be realizing that the Sundergarh MP is not totally wrong.
The party leadership may deny it on the face, but they already have information regarding what Mr.Oram said openly.
Refusing to divulge the names of the sitting MPs and MLAs belonging to BJD interested to join BJP, the Union Tribal Affairs Minister said "I cannot take their names now. We meet regularly in Central Hall, in Parliament and other places and exchange words."
In fact a few BJD MPs were seen regularly meeting Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in Central Hall and talking to him regularly, which has been observed by other BJD Members of Parliament.
They are all eager to talk to the “Rising Star”, pointed out another BJD MP, who is closely monitoring the moves of his party’s Lawmakers.
BJD and Congress leaders interested to join BJP also included many former MPs and ex-MLAs, he said claiming that the BJP's acceptability has increased in Odisha after its performance in the recently
concluded zilla parishad polls.
He said claiming that the BJP's acceptability has increased in Odisha after its performance in the recently concluded zilla parishad polls.
"The politicians who want to work for the people but are denied opportunities for different reasons now feel that BJP is the only place where they can serve the masses without any fear," Mr.Oram said.
Asked whether BJP was destabilizing other political parties, particularly BJD, he said "BJP does not break (any party). The people want to join us. Politicians in general always seek opportunities to work freely and they find BJP a better platform."
Reacting to this, BJD Spokesperson Pratap Kesari Deb said "There is no truth in the Union Minister's version. He is making irresponsible statement. No BJD MP or MLA is joining them. We are united."
Similarly, State Congress Treasurer Md Moquim also made similar claim.
But, the fact remains that the politicians in Odisha have now got an alternative. They can easily join the BJP, if denied proper place in their respective parties. As such, there are a large vacancies in the saffron party as the BJP do not have adequate and effective candidates in all the 147 assembly and 21 lok sabha seats to defeat BJD candidates.
Therefore, the people who are not getting an opportunity may be tempted to join BJP. Therefore, Mr.Oram may not be totally wrong, admitted a senior BJD leader.