Bhubaneswar: Making it clear that he is commited to work for the development of the people of Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday said that he did not harbour any ambition of becoming Prime Minister like other leaders of other regional parties.
Responding to a question by Prabhu Chawla, Editorial Director of The New Indian Express during an interactive session at the inauguration of a two-day Literary Festival in Bhubaneswar on Friday, Patnaik said, “I have no such ambition. I want to serve Odisha in office or out of it.”
Replying to a question on his party’s stand on formation of a third front at the national level, Patnaik said, “It is early days now, but possible in future.”
Patnaik agreed that both UPA and NDA were increasingly getting marginalised and the numbers would further decline in the next election. However, Patnaik made it clear that BJD has maintained equi-distance from both the Congress led UPA and BJP led NDA.
When asked about BJD’s view on supporting Mamata on the issue of FDI and other reforms, Patnaik said he would take a decision on the matter after consulting with senior leaders of his party.
Patnaik however pointed out that the Centre’s decision to allow FDI into multi-brand retail as such does not affect Odisha as presently no city in the State has a population of 10 lakh.
The BJD supremo maintained that during the last few years the Centre had been trying to usurp federal rights of the states which he protested. He observed that less the centralisation, the better will be the administration.
Source: 360 NS