Bhubaneswar: May 11: Naveen Patnaik, the chief minister of Odisha, made it clear on Thursday that he would not be a part of the third front or a joint political platform of non-BJP parties.
While interacting with the media persons after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on Thursday afternoon, he said, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) will go alone in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections as well as the upcoming Assembly elections.
Since 2009, when the coalition with the BJP broke up, BJD has kept the same distance from both the BJP and the Congress.
Speaking on his meeting with Prime Minister, he said that they discussed issues related to Odisha’s demands, not any political matter. In addition, the Chief Minister said, “I talked to the Prime Minister about the proposed Jagannath International Airport in Puri, for which the boundary has already been set.”
Naveen ruling out joining the third front assumes significance after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar met him on Wednesday. In March, he also spoke with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.