Naveen Patnaik, Bijoy Mohapatra: What next?
Bhubaneswar, June 15: Biju Janata Dal under chief minister Naveen Patnaik seems to be invincible at the moment.
Congress could not have been more moribund and defunct of ideas. So is
this the time for an alternative to both Naveen, now in the seventh
year of governance and Congress, looking down and out?
Bijoy Mohapatra, Naveen’s principal bete noire and chief of Orissa Gana Parishad (OGP), says yes.
Mohapatra, who spoke exclusively to The Telegraph, would
not like to reveal his cards as yet, but his friends believe that the
former Biju Janata Dal strongman would soon join the state unit of
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
time is ripe for a popular third front. We will be a real alternative
to BJD-BJP coalition and Congress, as both have failed the people. The
coalition is a failure, while Congress has become a spineless
Opposition. We want to occupy the vacant space left by a weak
Opposition,” said Mohapatra, who returned from New Delhi yesterday
after holding week-long parleys with NCP party chief and Union
agriculture minister Sharad Pawar.
“This will give a new term to Orissa politics,” he said.
almost final. Orissa Gana Parishad will soon be merged with the NCP.
Other politicians, who were once part of Biju Janata Dal, may also join
the NCP,” said Balasore legislator Arun Dey, leader of OGP legislature
party in the Assembly.
A plenary session of the OGP will be held in August to adopt a formal resolution for the merger.
Dey said several MLAs and former MLAs will join NCP after the merger.
people from BJD, BJP and Congress are ready to flock to us. Everyone in
BJD are feeling suffocated. The situation is no different in BJP and
Congress. Ours will be a front close to UPA,” he said.
to political grapevine, others who are likely to join the “third” front
are Janata Dal (S) president Ashok Das, former finance minister and BJD
leader Ramakrushna Patnaik, former Union coal minister and current
Rajya Sabha member Dilip Ray and Congress MLA Nalinikanta Mohanty.
Das, who once headed the state unit of Janata Dal during Biju Patnaik’s
chief ministership is most favoured to become the president of NCP in
in his interview revealed that during his New Delhi stay he met Pawar,
railway minister Lalu Prasad, former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash
Chauthala and senior Left leaders, including Prakash Karat.
all leaders asked us to be with them, we found working with Pawar
comfortable. The new alternative will take shape before Naveen calls
for a snap poll next year. We will have alliance with Left parties in
the election,” he added before signing off.
Dear Manoj Babu,
I agree with your analysis.Shri Bijaya Mohapatra ,as on date ,is not a political force at all.