Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Feb 18:
Clearing the air over speculations on possible alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the ensuing elections, Odisha Jan Morcha (OJM) leader Pyarimohan Mohapatra today said he has got positive signals from BJP central leaders on this and that it will be limited to seat sharing with the national party.
The Rajya Sabha MP, however, said the alliance with the saffron party will take a concrete shape only after the discussion on seat sharing is completed.
“I am in touch with the BJP’s central leaders since the last 14 months. They have given a positive signal to the proposal for an OJM-BJP alliance in the state. However, the alliance will be a reality only after the discussion on seat sharing is successful. Until that happens, I can’t say OJM will have an alliance with BJP,” said Mohapatra.
He said the OJM has approached most political parties, barring the Congress, to come forward to forge an alliance and come under one umbrella. This formation can then be a part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
On the other hand, the state BJP leaders maintained that they were yet to take a stand on the OJM leader’s proposal for a tie-up.
“As an MP, he may have had discussions with the central leadership in Delhi. But, he is yet to have any interaction with us at the state level. Let, first Mohapatra approach us, we will take a view on the proposal only after that,” said KV Singhdeo, state BJP president.
Singhdeo, however, said as of now there is no plan to enter into any kind of alliance or share seats with any other political party. The party is ready to go it alone, he asserted.