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RS deputy chairman poll: Support was for JD(U) not BJP: BJD


BHUBANESWAR: Under fire from the Opposition for backing the NDA candidate in the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman’s election, the BJD on Saturday said that it had supported the JD(U) due to “ideological similarities” and continues to maintain equal distance from the BJP and the Congress, reports PTI.

The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha had voted in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh – a first-time MP of the Janata Dal (United).

BJD president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had on Aug 8 declared support for Singh after holding talks with JD(U) chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

As there were two candidates in the August 9 election, the BJD supported the JD(U) because of our ideological similarities since the JP movement, BJD spokesman Sasmit Patra said in a statement.

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