Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, April 7:
Exuding confidence over securing 300+ seats with the help of allies at the Centre, the BJP today ruled out the possibility of entering into any post poll alliance with Odisha’s ruling party BJD and said regional parties cannot offer the much needed alternative to the nation.
“We will come to power with the help of our allies and there will be no alliance with the BJD after elections. There is a clear mandate for the BJP as people want to see Narendra Modi become the prime minister of India. Regional parties including the BJD, which has been harping on a federal front, can not provide the alternative at the Centre,” said senior BJP leader and former party president Venkaiah Naidu at a press conference here.
“People are realising there is no alternative to the Bharatiya Janata Party. There is polarisation in favour of the National Democratic Alliance across the country. Looking at the mood of the people, the BJP may get about 250 seats,” he told reporters here.
“I am confident the BJP and its allies have a chance of getting about 300 seats,” he added.
Terming as a “mirage” the efforts by some regional parties to form a third non-BJP, non-Congress alliance, Naidu said it will never materialise as there are more claimants for only a single post of the prime minister.
Hoping that BJP will perform well in Odisha, as the Modi wave is picking up, Naidu dubbed the BJD led Odisha government a non-performing one.
“ Remaining in power for 14 years is not a short term. But, there is hardly any development in the state. People are yet to avail basic facilities including water, electricity, employment etc. There is need for a stable and performing government, quite unlike the Naveen Patnaik government,” said Naidu.
He also lashed out at the state government for failing to utilise the allocated fund during the NDA regime at the Centre.
Responding to chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s accusation that the national parties are merely shedding crocodile tears, he said it is in fact the BJD, which is shedding crocodile tears while doing nothing for the people of Odisha even after remaining in power for the third consecutive term.
“It’s the BJD which is shedding crocodile tears, not the national parties. Can a regional party alone take developmental work forward with 5 to 10 MPs ? What is the condition of Odisha? Has it developed in education, health, power and infrastructure sectors, asked the BJP leader.
Asked about the chief minister’s description of national leaders visiting the state as ‘migratory birds’, Naidu said the people will judge who is the real migratory bird.
Criticising the proposed federal front, he said it will never materialise as every other leader involved in the effort harbours the dream of becoming the Prime Minister of India.
“The federal front is a tested and failed front. Leaders like HD Deve Gowda and VP Singh had formed the government but that experiment had failed. It will never materialise as everyone wants to be the Prime Minister. There is need for a stable government and decisive leadership,” said Naidu.
He said the Congress led UPA government was mired in several scams while the national economy is in disarray and pointed out that acts of terrorism and atrocities against women had increased in the country.
As part of his election campaigning in the state, Naidu will visit Rayagada, Gunpur and Paralakhemundi to canvass for party candidates today.