'Odisha's Interests Ignored', Says BJD As Rift With BJP Widens

'Odisha's Interests Ignored', Says BJD As Rift With BJP Widens

Naveen Patnaik asked the lawmakers to raise issues concerning the state's interests in a befitting manner and emerge as a "vibrant and strong" opposition in the Upper House.

FPJ News ServiceUpdated: Tuesday, June 25, 2024, 02:50 PM IST
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Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik | ANI

New Delhi: The teething problems of the PM Modi-led ruling National Democratic Alliance appear to be growing with former Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik making it amply clear that the BJD with its nine MPs in the Rajya Sabha would not support the BJP.

Patnaik also asked the lawmakers to raise issues concerning the state's interests in a befitting manner and emerge as a "vibrant and strong" opposition in the Upper House. The message was conveyed at a meeting between Patnaik and the lawmakers on Monday.

"The BJD MPs this time will not be confined to speaking on issues only, but are determined to agitate if the BJP-led government at the Centre ignores Odisha's interest," BJD Rajya Sabha MP Sasmit Patra told reporters.

Besides raising demand for special status to Odisha, the BJD MPs will raise the issues of poor mobile connectivity and low density of bank branches in the state, he added.

"Odisha's demand for revision of coal royalty has been ignored by the Centre for the last 10 years. This is causing great loss to the people of the state who are deprived of their rightful share," Patra said.

Sasmit Patra On Giving Issue-Based Support To The BJP-Led Govt

On being asked whether the BJD would maintain its earlier stance of giving issue-based support to the BJP-led government, he said: "No more support to the BJP, only opposition. We may go to any extent to protect the interests of Odisha."

The Naveen Patnaik-led BJD lost power to the BJD in the Odisha Assembly elections. It also failed to win any seat in the Lok Sabha elections, a first since its formation in 1997.

In the past, the BJD has not only supported the BJP in Parliament on key bills and issues, but it also helped Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw get elected to Rajya Sabha in 2019 and 2024.

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