BJP rules out any tie-up in Odisha for 2014 polls
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BJP today ruled out forging alliance with any political party, including its erstwhile partner BJD, in Odisha for the elections to the Assembly and the Lok Sabha.
Senior BJP leader and the party's Odisha in-charge Chandan Mitra told reporters here, "We will fight the elections on our own without having any truck with any other political party."
The party, he said, would highlight alleged corruption and non-performance during Naveen Patnaik regime in Odisha to dislodge it from power. "I must make it clear that there is no possibility of any alliance with the ruling BJD in Odisha for the 2014 elections," he said.
The party would never be inclined to enter into any form of tie-up with BJD after the treatment meted out to the party five years ago, before the 2009 polls, he said. Asked whether BJP would consider any alliance with Pyari Mohan Mohapatra-led Odisha Jana Morcha (OJM), the BJP MP replied in the negative.
Mitra dismissed as hypothetical a question about possibility of post-poll alliance saying at this stage the focus was on fighting the elections with full vigour to dislodge Naveen Patnaik from power.
He said Odisha BJP has resolved to contest the forthcoming state assembly and Lok Sabha election in a spirit of "now or never".
To a query, Mitra admitted that BJP's performance in recent urban civic bodies polls was poor but said these elections were fought on the basis of local issues only.
In the case of assembly and Lok Sabha elections, larger issues would dominate the election scene where BJP would use corruption as its main plank, he said.
"It is time to dislodge the corrupt and inefficient government of Naveen Patnaik in Odisha and Manmohan Singh regime at the Centre," he said. Party leaders, he said, have been asked to to work dedicatedly for a "Congress-free India and a Naveen-free