Bhubaneswar: Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today said that there was no secret understanding between his party and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal (BJD) as far as the BJD’s support to Ashwini Vaishnav’s candidature for Rajya Sabha by-elections is concerned.
“There is no secret understanding between BJD and BJP over Ashwini Vaishnav’s nomination for Rajya Sabha. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president had urged Odisha Chief Minister to support Vaishnav’s candidature and Naveen Babu openly extended support,” said Pradhan.
Notably, Patnaik’s support to BJP candidate Vaishnav’s candidature for Rajya Sabha be-poll has raised many eyebrows in the State as well as national politics.
The BJP on Friday nominated former bureaucrat Vaishnav as its candidate for the Rajya Sabha by-polls in Odisha, with the ruling BJD announcing its support to him, making his victory certain.