Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal supremo Naveen Patnaik on Thursday ruled out the possibility of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) lending support to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre, which was facing “instability” following Trinamool Congress’ decision to withdraw support.

“There is no question of support to the UPA government from BJD,” Patnaik told media persons before leaving on a five-day visit to New Delhi on Wednesday.

Patnaik’s remarks came a day after UPA’s second-largest ally Trinamool Congress (TMC) walked out of the ruling coalition.

On the possibility of a mid-term poll, Patnaik said, “It seems instability has come as far as the Central Government is concerned. Let us watch and see what happens in the future.”

When asked whether he is ready for an early poll, Patnaik said, “BJD will do well with blessings of the people in any election whether it is early or not.

Reacting to Naveen’s statement, senior Congress leader and Union Minister Srikant Jena said, the UPA government has never sought support from the BJD and its support is not needed at all.

Source: 360 NS