Odisha Sun Times News Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 14:
Barely two days ahead of the counting of votes in general elections 2014, Odisha Chief Miniser Naveen Patnaik today remained non-committal on his party Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supporting any party or alliance for the formation of the government at the Centre.
Speaking to media persons on his return from a week-long visit to New Delhi, the BJD supremo said; “We have not thought about it yet.”
Asked if he had any talks with leaders of other parties during his sojourn to the national capital, the Chief Minister said; “There have been no talks with anybody till now.”
When a journalist asked why he had been maintaining an enigmatic silence on the issue, Patnaik said; “You are free to interpret it the way you want.”
To a question if his party would support NDA to form the government at the Centre, Patnaik repeated his hackneyed theme song of being ‘equidistant’ from both the Congress and the BJP.
However, in what gives an indication of the shape of things to come, the BJD boss made it clear that it is the position of the party as of now. “It is difficult to say what will happen in the future.”
Earlier, the Chief Minister had maintained the same “no thoughts”, “no talks” line in an interview to ANI before his departure from New Delhi.
But a report published in The Economic Times today said that channels of communication have indeed been opened with the BJP with the BJD boss reportedly making it clear that senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley would be the preferred interlocutor for talks.