Bhubaneswar: New BJP state president Kanak Vardhan Singhdeo today formally takes charge of Odisha BJP. Talking to media he reiterates “No alliance with BJD or Odisha Jan Morcha”. After his arrival in the Airport from New Delhi, he was taken in huge procession party workers to the party office.
After assuming the charges he said to the media that the BJP will contest the 2014 elections on its own strength and will not seek the support of the ruling BJD or the Odisha Jan Morcha in Odisha.
Optimistic of a better performance of the party in the next polls compared to 2009, Singhdeo, also the leader of BJP legislature party in the State Assembly, said it would face the elections on its own strength on its own development agenda.
Both BJP and OJM were part of the BJD government from 2000 to 2009. While the BJD severed its decade old ties with BJP just before 2009 elections dubbing it ‘communal’. BJP and OJM have emerged as the main rival of the ruling BJD while the Congress is the main opposition party in the state.
BJP, which was part of the coalition government for nine years prior to 2009, put up a poor show winning only six of the 147 seats in the Odisha assembly. BJP candidates lost in all the 21 Lok Sabha seats last time.