At ‘Bijaya Sankalpa Rally’ at Sambalpur, Odisha on 14th March 2014, Narendra Modi really surprised everyone including political experts. He started his usual address followed by scathing attack on Congress. People expected that he would also attack Navin Patnaik government severely like he did during his Bhubaneswar Rally on 9th February.
BJP state leaders were also confused. A desperate Kanak Bardhan Singh Deo, BJP state president finally sent a chit reminding Narendra Modi to talk about state BJD government. Already 40 minutes of speech was over without any attack on state government. Modi read the chit and immediately asked people, ‘Does your CM give time for you?’ the huge crowd said ‘No!’ Then Modi said, ‘If your CM doesn’t give you time, why I would waste my time discussing him?’ Then he went on attacking Congress and till end of his speech he didn’t mention BJD or attacked Navin Patnaik.
Many state BJP leaders were disappointed and also public too confused why Modi spared Navin Patnaik. Is there any secret understanding of post poll alliance between BJP and BJD? My analytical mind says 'perhaps, yes'. We can’t judge from this speech only. There are also various other reasons why this speech alone can’t be considered in isolation nor can be ignored as aberration.
Initially BJD, JDU, TMC planned to form a federal front. This failed. Then BJD became part of third front along with SP, AIDMK, JDU, Left Front etc. First AIDMK broke his alliance with Left in Tamil Nadu. Couple of days ago BJD too had distanced from seat sharing with Left Front in Odisha. During 2009, after divorce between BJD and BJP, Left was in alliance with BJD along with NCP with seat sharing.
BJD’s alliances with JMM in north Odisha too failed because JMM chief Shibu Soren refused to have any kind of alliance with BJD. The reason may be that JMM chief came under pressure from his UPA ally Congress. Also in 2009 BJD fought election in alliance with NCP, where 4 NCP MLAs won. But after some time, all NCP MLAs merged in BJD. Thus JMM chief may be afraid of repeat of NCP case post poll. However if rumours from Orissa are to be believed, JMM party is seriously thinking to merge in BJD before election.
Thus BJD’s distancing from anti-BJP parties and Narnedra Modi’s not attacking state government proves there must be a secret pact between BJP and BJD keeping state BJP unit under dark. This may be speculative, but it’s always said that in electoral politics nothing awkward happens without a special reason!
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