Bhubaneswar, Jan 27:
BJP is all set to back the BJD-sponsored independent candidate and renowned sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra for the fourth Rajya Sabha seat, sources in the party said today.
Senior party leader and BJP’s national general secretary. Dharmendra Pradhan told reporters here that his party will take part in the voting process and not abstain from it. However, he said the final decision on who to support would be taken by the central leadership.
“We will not support the Congress candidate under any circumstance and in fact do everything possible to ensure his defeat,” Pradhan said, adding, “Our decision with regard to party support for Raghunath Mohapatra will be taken in due course. Mohpatra is undoubtly a befitting candidate for Rajya Sabha.”