Bhubaneswar : A senior BJD leader on Tuesday 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 said.
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. BJD would also like to get an assurance from the Centre that no part of Odisha would be affected by implementation of the Polavaram multi-purpose project in AP, said another BJD leader. BJD chief and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, has however, claimed BJD would stay away from Congress and BJP.