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BJD chief whip indicates conditional support to NDA

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BHUBANESWAR: A senior BJD leader on Wednesday indicated conditional support by his party to NDA in government formation at the Centre.

“Keeping in view the opinion of the whole country and the state’s interest, there should be no problem in providing conditional support to NDA to form government at the Centre,” BJD’s chief whip Pravat Tripathy told a news channel.

The party would support NDA if BJP leaders promise to accord special category status to Odisha, a long-standing demand of the state, he said adding BJD as a regional party should keep in mind the interest of the state.

This apart, BJD would also like to get a clear assurance from the Centre that no part of Odisha would be affected by implementation of the Polavaram multi-purpose project in Andhra Pradesh, said another BJD leader.

BJD chief and Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik has, however, all along claimed BJD maintained equal distance from both Congress and BJP since it severed electoral ties with the saffron party in 2009.

Patnaik had also said earlier that Narendra Modi did not have a pan-Indian acceptance to become the Prime Minister.

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