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The Indian Herald

March 8, 2009

Naveen Patnaik's BJD ends alliance with BJP

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) got a jolt when its alliance with Biju Janata Dal (BJD)came to an end on Friday. The BJD was its alliance partner for almost a decade.

The Orissa Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik announced that his party will contest the election on its own. He said that the BJD will field its candidates in all the seats.

The alliance broke down over failure of both the parties to agree on a seat sharing formula. The decision comes as a shock to the BJP which is hoping to steal a march over Congress in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Orissa has 21 Lok Sabha seats and Naveen Patnaik's BJD wanted to contest 12. The Assembly polls are also being held simultaneously and the party wanted 100 seats out of 147, which meant just 47 seats for the BJP.

TIH Bureau

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