Clearing The Air : Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi ; Rules Out Third Front, Maintain Equidistant Stand

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The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) will go solo in next year’s Lok Sabha polls as it has always done, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said on Thursday, days after JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar met him amid efforts to forge a united opposition.

Patnaik, who met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here earlier in the day to discuss developmental issues related to his state, also ruled out joining any third front, a plan floated by some regional parties earlier.

He reiterated the BJD’s position of remaining equidistant from both the Congress and the BJP. He also described Bihar Chief Minister Kuamr visiting him in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday as a “courtesy call”.

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