Bhubaneswar: Congress today targeted the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) for its decision to support BJP candidate Ashwini Viashnav for the Rajya Sabha by-elections slated to be held on July 5.
In a press conference party spokesperson Satya Prakash Nayak alleged that the decision of Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik to support Viashnav has exposed the unholy nexus between the BJD and BJP.
“The decision has exposed the deep-rooted unholy nexus between BJD and BJP. People of Odisha want to know what are the condition set for such a deal,” Nayak said.
Notably, BJD president Patnaik on Friday announced his party’s support for the candidature of BJP’s Viashnav arguing that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP party national president and Home Minister Amit Shah had sought his help in this regard.
However, BJD’s support to BJP candidate has raised many speculations.
The Biju Janata Dal has 112 members in the 146-seat State Assembly. Going by the numbers, the BJD could have comfortably won all the three Rajya Sabha vacancies from Odisha.
The by-elections were necessitated following the election of BJD leaders – Achyuta Samanta, Pratap Keshari Deb and Soumya Ranjan Patnaik – to Lok Sabha and Assembly recently.