Congress Odisha Head Explains Why BJD Helped BJP in Battle for Rajya Sabha No.2 Post

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Bhubaneswar: The Congress on Friday claimed that its resurgence in Odisha has forced the BJD to strengthen ties with old ally BJP by backing the NDA candidate in the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman election.
Nine MPs of the Biju Janata Dal voted in favour of NDA nominee Harivansh Narayan Singh in the election to the post of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman held on Thursday. Singh defeated the opposition’s candidate B K Hariprasad.
Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) President Niranjan Patnaik claimed the ruling BJD is now considering the Congress, and not the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a threat and its main opponent in Odisha.“Because of this, the BJD voted in favour of the NDA. The Congress party’s resurgence in Odisha has compelled the BJD to have stronger ties with its old ally BJP,” he said.“By supporting the NDA candidate in yesterday’s (Thursday) election, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has clearly shown the close relationship he has with the NDA and the BJP,” he added.Niranjan Patnaik questioned the BJD over the party saying that it had lent support to the JD(U)’s candidate and not the BJP’s.He sought to know why Naveen Patnaik or any of his cabinet colleagues did not attend JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar’s swearing-in ceremony as chief minister of Bihar.“Through its action, the BJD has exposed itself as a party having no ideology (and) which excels in opportunistic politics,” the PCC chief said.