Patnaik rules out tie up with BJP, says Third Front an option

New Delhi: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today ruled out his party Biju Janata Dal having any tie up with its former ally BJP in the next general elections, and maintained that the Third Front was a "very healthy" option.

"There is no question of any alliance with BJP," he told reporters on the sideline of a conference in New Delhi.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Image courtesy PIB

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Image courtesy PIB

He was responding to a question on the possibility of BJD joining hands with BJP again in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Asked whether there was any chances of revival of the Third Front, Patnaik said, "I think the Third Front is a very healthy option. But it is still early days."

BJD, which has been ruling the eastern state since 1999, had an alliance with BJP till 2009. However, the regional party snapped ties with BJP just before the 2009 Odisha Assembly elections. The party has 14 members in Lok Sabha.

The party was a constituent of Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government in which Patnaik held a Cabinet berth.

PTI