Bhubaneswar: Efforts to put up a common
candidate by opposition parties for the Rajya Sabha elections
in Orissa suffered a jolt on Sunday with BJP deciding to abstain
from the entire poll process.
"BJP has decided not to take part in the Rajya Sabha
polls. The party will abstain from the entire process as we
want to maintain equi-distance from both ruling BJD as well as
opposition Congress in the state," state BJP president Jual
Oram said here.
The party, which has six members in the 147-member
assembly, would also not extend support to any independent
candidate in the biennial elections, Oram said on the eve of
final day for filing nomination tomorrow for three Rajya Sabha
seats due to fall vacant from July 1.
Stating that the decision against supporting an
independent candidate along with Congress was taken as the
party was keen to weaken UPA at the Centre, senior BJP leader
Ashok Sahu said all the six BJP MLAs and independent member
Pratap Sarangi, a former partyman, would abstain from voting.
BJP`s decision came in the midst of marathon
discussion by Congress Legislature Party (CLP) to work out
strategies for the elections.
BJD`s sitting Rajya Sabha member Pyari Mohap
Mohapatra, former MLA Sashibhushan Behera and party general
secretary Baishnab Charan Parida have already filed their