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Yet to decide on extending support to NDA: Naveen Patnaik

May 14, 2014 10:05 AM IST Politics Politics
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New Delhi: The Biju Janata Dal, a former ally of the BJP, may join back the NDA camp to help in government formation at the Centre, indicated a party leader.

The BJD has demanded special state status for Odisha in exchange of its support to the NDA.

BJD leader Pravati Tripathi said on Wednesday that the Naveen Patnaik-led party may give conditional support to the NDA at the Centre. "Keeping in view the opinion of the whole country and the state's interest, there should be no problem in providing conditional support to NDA to form government at the Centre," he said.

However, party chief Naveen Patnaik said that a final call on allying with the NDA was yet to be taken. He said, "Not in talks with NDA,have not decided to support NDA as we have not discussed yet."

Party leader Jay Panda had earlier reacted to the reports, saying, "Naveen Patnaik has said BJD is equidistant from BJP and Congress, but demands for conditional support to next government are there."

BJD, a former NDA ally, had kept its cards close to the chest as it had vowed support to a non-BJP, non-Congress Front but later missed a key meeting of the 'Third Front' constituents.

Speaking to CNN-IBN, Patnaik had said in March that the BJD will not ally with the BJP.