Report by OD bureau; New Delhi: BJD president and chief minister Naveen Patnaik said not to abstain from No Confidence Motion against UPA government if opposition brings a No Confidence Motion in Parliament.
Patnaik dismissed the media reports that BJD has reached tactic understanding with Congress that if opposition brings a No Confidence Motion in Parliament, his party would bail out the government either by abstaining or walking out before the motion is put to vote. He terms these reports as baseless.
Patnaik said his party will maintain equal distance from Congress and BJP. He said this while answering a question whether his party BJD is exploring option as like Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. As Nitish Kumar said his party, JD (U) will support any party that gives Bihar special status. With this statement of Patnaik now BJD's stance is clearer in this fluid political situation arising out of withdrawal of support to the Congress-led UPA government by Mamata Banerjee.
He also dismissed reports of Congress leaders having approached him in this regard. Nobody has met me. The BJD will not be supporting the UPA government, Patnaik told reporters here when asked about media reports that a senior Congress leader had met him. Over BJD's stance over FDI in retail, Patnaik said his party will examine the issue.
Over possible formation of third front and his talk with Prakash Karat, Patnaik his talk with Karat is over Bharat Bandh.