Condition For support

Governing BJD has made it clear that it would support the party to form next government at the Centre which helps meet Odisha’s rights.

This was stated by BJD President and
 Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. He said as no party will get absolute majority in the Lok Sabha election, Odisha will play an important role in the formation of the next government at the Centre.

Naveen said the regional party will support a
 Government at the Centre that supports Odisha's legitimate rights.

“This time no national party will get majority on its
 own to form government. Odisha will have a role in the formation of the next Central government. There, the BJD will support a government which will meet the state's rights," he said while releasing the BJD's manifesto.

Alleging that successive Central Governments have neglected the rights of Odisha, Mr.Patnaik said: "This neglect is historic and has led to Odisha being at the bottom of all
 Central subjects like telecom, railways, banking and national highways."

Naveen said the previous Congress led UPA Government gave national status to Pollavaram Dam and the present NDA Government supported the then BJP government in Chhattishgarh against the interest of Odisha in Mahanadi issue.

"In both the cases, Odisha had to take recourse of
 legal remedies," the Chief Minister said.

Ridiculing the saffron party, Naveen said: "What could
 have been a more cruel joke on Odisha by the BJP than the promise of Special Category Status?"

He alleged that the number one manifesto promise of
 BJP in 2014, was forgotten for five years and finds no mention in the present manifesto. "Special Category Status is the only way to rectify the historic neglect that Odisha has suffered," he said.

"In denying Special Category Status to Odisha, BJP is denying the aspirations of youths of Odisha," the Chief Minister said. 

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