Lok Sabha Elections 2019: BJD Not Part of Mahagathbandhan, Says Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik (Photo Credits: ANI)

Bhubaneswar, January 9: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) President and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday said his party will not be a part of Mahagathabandhan, a grand alliance of opposition parties.

He also said that the party will continue to remain equidistant from both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress.

"As far as the Mahagathbandhan is concerned, BJD is not a part of it. We continue with our policy of equidistance from the BJP and Congress," said Patnaik. Narendra Modi Will Come Back As Prime Minister After Lok Sabha Elections 2019, Says Nitish Kumar.

At a farmers' convention in New Delhi on Tuesday, the Chief Minister had said that the party will decide on joining the grand alliance of opposition parties later.

He also denied about any ministry reshuffle after the resignation of Agriculture and Panchayati Raj Minister Pradeep Maharathy over his controversial remark on the acquittal of two accused in a gangrape and murder case in his Pipili Assembly constituency.