Bhubaneswar: Even as the state unit of
NCP announced its decision to snap ties with the ruling BJD in
Orissa, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday said he had not
received any information from Sharad Pawar.
"I have no information or communication from NCP chief
Sharad Pawar in this regard (NCP-BJD ties)", Patnaik told
reporters adding "it could be their (NCP) internal matter."
BJD`s senior leader and MP Pyarimohan Mohapatra also
said "as seat sharing with NCP was done in accordance with
talks between Sharad Pawar and Naveen Patnaik, the NCP chief
should tell us whether the relationship remains intact or
Meanwhile, fissure in state unit of NCP came to fore
with party`s legislature party leader Amar Satpathy diferring
with party President Utkal Keshari Parida`s announcement.
"NCP is a national party. The state leadership cannot
take any decision on the ties with the BJD hurriedly. We have
to take consent of the central leadership," said Satpathy.
Parida, who yesterday strongly criticised Naveen
Patnaik government in the state, changed his stand by stating
that NCP might give issue based support to the BJD. "We cannot
support Naveen government`s anti-people policy," he said.
NCP`s state unit seemed to have been divided into two
groups like supporters of the party president Parida and those
backing legislature party leader Satpathy.
NCP which has only four MLAs in the 147-member Orissa
assembly, had forged a seat adjustment with BJD before the
last general elections in 2009. Pawar and Patnaik shared one
dais and campaigned together.
However, relationship between the two parties got
bitter with NCP feeling neglected and ignored by its big
partner BJD. "Though we supported BJD on all issues both
inside and outside the assembly, they have not reciprocated,"