Naveen rules out supporting Congress, BJP

Naveen rules out supporting Congress, BJP
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First Published: Thu, Apr 23 2009. 09 00 AM IST
Updated: Thu, Apr 23 2009. 09 01 AM IST
New Delhi: Orissa chief minister and BJD chief Naveen Patnaik Thursday said his party will not show “any flexibility or elasticity” to support either a Congress or BJP-led government at the Centre after the Lok Sabha polls.
“My party’s stand is quite clear that it is not at all flexible in giving support to either Congress or a BJP-led government at the Centre. There is no flexibility or elasticity from our part (in this regard),” Patnaik said.
He said he certainly preferred that Congress and BJP were not part of the government to be formed at the Centre after the elections.
The chief minister also said that his party “will not take the support” of BJP, his former ally, in the event of BJD falling short of majority in the state Assembly polls.
“We are quite confident that we will secure majority on our own,” he told CNN-IBN.
He said his party chose severe ties with BJP after communal violence rocked Kandhamal.
“Ever since Kandhamal, it became virtually impossible to carry on with the BJP,” he said when asked what prompted him to come out of NDA alliance.
Asked whether he will support Sharad Pawar or a Left leader for the post of Prime Minister, he said, “as long as the Prime Minister is reasonable and rationale to the demands of Orissa, we will consider supporting it.”
To a question what will be his stand if he evolves as a consensus Prime Minister, he said, “I have no such wild ambitions and crazy dreams.”
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First Published: Thu, Apr 23 2009. 09 00 AM IST
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