A vigilant response to the third front of Navine Patnerk, opposition presidential plan
Prime Minister Navine Patnerk of Orissa responded cautiously to his party’s plans for the upcoming Lok Sabha and presidential elections. “It’s still in its infancy. We’ll investigate when problems arise,” he told Bibarud whether his visuals would be part of the proposed Third Front. But he said his party prefers independence from any political formation.
Patnaik also revealed that his party’s position on the presidential candidate is based on who the candidate is. “Let’s see who the candidate is and what is more important,” said the BJD chief, who remained uncommitted. In the 2017 presidential election, Vijujanatadal supported NDA candidate Ramnat Cobind.
BJD support for the ruling NDA is important to cross the midpoint, as it is currently below about 1.2% of the total votes required for a candidate to pass. Patnaik has 21 members in both Houses of Parliament and controls about 3.22% of the votes, ensuring that the BJP will win smoothly in the July presidential elections.