BJP to contest polls alone, no alliance with Naveen Patnaik-led BJD – India TV

PM Modi with Odisha CM Arvind Kejriwal
Image Source : FILE PM Modi with Odisha CM Arvind Kejriwal

Odisha Elections 2024: The Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) on Friday announced that it will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha and the Assembly polls in the state. This means that there will be no alliance between the BJP and Naveen Patnaik-led BJD.

Announcing the decision on social media, BJP state unit chief Manmohan Samal said, “Building a developed Odisha has always been Modi’s goal. In Odisha, the BJP will fight together in all Lok Sabha and Assembly seats.”

Earlier this week, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had said in Delhi that BJP national president J P Nadda will take a final call on the alliance with the Biju Janata Dal (BJD).

Samal, in his post, also thanked BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for his party’s support to the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre on various issues for the last 10 years.

The BJD and the BJP were in alliance for around 11 years between 1998 and 2009 and fought three Lok Sabha and two Assembly elections together. Odisha will undergo voting in the state assembly elections as well as the Lok Sabha polls in four phases on May 13, May 20, May 25, and June 1, 2024.

(With inputs from PTI)

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