NaMo Happy On NaPa

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reasons to be happy today as Odisha Chief Minister and BJD President Naveen Patnaik has made it clear that he will not be part of the Mahagathbandhan, the Grand Alliance.

Mr.Modi is happy as BJD is a major regional party which in present Lok Sabha has 20 Members and 118 members in the 147 member Odisha Legislative Assembly.

The Mahagathbandhan was considered to be a major strength of the Congress to take on the BJP led NDA in the next general elections.

While many regional parties have offered their membership to the Mahagathbandhan, BJD was keeping its cards closed to its chest till Wednesday.

However, Naveen opened the card today to the amusement of the BJP and Mr.Modi.

The BJP National Leadership has been facing stiff opposition the states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and some other states where regional parties have joined hands.

The alliance between Mayawati led BSP and Akhilesh Yadav headed Samajwadi Party has caused major damage to BJP’s poll prospect of BJP in Uttar Pradesh where there are 80 Lok Sabha seats.

Similarly, in Bihar the joining of hands between Lalu Yadav’s RJD and Congress, has also caused problem for BJP. The state has 40 Lok Sabha seats.

That BJD will not join the Mahagathbandhan will ultimately help the BJP though Naveen has been claiming that his regional party has been maintaining equal distance from both the national parties.

Though Mr.Patnaik on 8 January told reporters that he will take time for making a decision on the Mahagathabandhan, he on his own immediately announced about the BJD’s move in less than 12 hours.

Nobody is sure what prompted the Chief Minister to make such an announcement in Bhubaneswar on the Gathbandhan. He was not even asked to say on the issue, but the came out with clarification.

Naveen’s announcement has not gone down well within the opposition Congress which took no time to say that the regional party is hand in glove with the BJP.

Naveen’s party also on the day supported the BJP’s move of 10 per cent quota for the upper caste people.

The BJD President’s announcement is also significant as it came ahead of Modi’s next visit to Bolangir on January 15 and BJP president Amit Shah’s scheduled tour to Odisha on January 18.    

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