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Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan hinted at a ‘viable alternative’ to BJD and Congress

Bhubaneswar:20/9/18: A day after Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan hinted at a ‘viable alternative’ to BJD and Congress by uniting other smaller parties ahead of the 2019 elections, speculations are now rife over the new political equation in Odisha.

“BJP will unite all political parties against BJD and Congress and we will be successful,” Pradhan said at Puri yesterday.

Though Pradhan did not open his cards, such statements have created some ripples.

“As little drops make the mighty ocean, we will gain more success if we unite all against the common enemy,” said BJP leader, KV Singh Deo.

Questions are also doing rounds regarding what has forced the BJP to opt for such strategy at a time when the saffron party is eyeing 120 plus seats in upcoming elections in Odisha. Moreover, which are the smaller parties that BJP will turn to and whether such parties will go for an alliance with the saffron brigade are also million dollar questions in the present context.

Whether Dharmendra Pradhan’s statement was a tactical move to mislead or he has made plans to form some new parties ahead of the upcoming elections in Odisha is still unclear.

However, Pradhan’s remarks assume some relevance keeping in view the new political equations emerging from the recent turn of events – especially expulsion of Biju Patnaik’s followers, particularly the ouster of senior BJD leader Damodar Rout and others from the ruling BJD.

Apart from BJD and Congress, the other major political parties in Odisha include- Samata Kranti Dal, Utkala Bharat, JMM, CPI, CPI (M), BSP and Samajwadi Party.

However, it is almost certain that the left parties will not go with BJP while it may plan to induct several disgruntled leaders of BJD into its fold.

Utkal Bharat President, Kharavel Swain stated that “He (Dharmendra Pradhan) might be indicating towards the disgruntled lot in BJD.”

“BJP is claiming to forge a new alliance. But they should clarify who will be their alliance partners and who is with BJP,” CPI leader Ramkrushna Panda said.

Congress leader Tara Prasad Bahinipati on the other claimed that the Union Minister’s dream will never come true.

“He (Dharmendra Pradhan) first should clarify with whom BtJP will forge an alliance. But it will certainly not have any impact on BJD,” said BJD’s Sameer Dash.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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