No alliance with Grand Alliance, clarifies BJD
When the Biju Janata Dal has announced protest to demand higher Minimum Support Price for paddy, the prime crop cultivated in the state of Odisha where it has been sitting in power for decades, many have predicted that the BJD would join the Grand Alliance, the proposed alliance of opposition political parties including the Congress, prior to the commencement of the 2019 general election, which is going to decide the immediate political future of the country, as well as the concept of Hindu nationalism propagated by the party which rules the state at present.
The latest announcement by BJD leader Naveen Patnaik clearly indicates that all predications that have proposed the entry of BJD in the Grand Alliance will fail to become reality. The announcement that has been concerned to think in the aforesaid way is that the BJD would maintain equidistance between the BJP and Grand Alliance.
In the recent past, in several occasions, the BJD has helped the BJP in the parliament either directly or indirectly.
It is difficult to defeat the BJD in its strongholds. So, in this upcoming election also, the BJD is expected to win a considerable number of seats from its stronghold state Odisha.
Given these facts, the BJD is at a time a boon as well as a bane for the coalition that the Congress party is trying to form with the help of the major opposition parties against the BJP.
Vignesh. S. G
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