‘Corruption of Cong. and communal politics of BJP have weakened country’

Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal president Naveen Patnaik on Thursday hinted that his party was keen to be a part of the proposed Third Front at the Centre in the coming months.

Stating that corruption of Congress and communal politics of Bharatiya Janata Party had weakened the country, Mr. Patnaik said that these two parties cannot provide a stable government at the Centre on their own.

“A stable, transparent and secular government at the Centre can alone fulfil the hopes and aspirations of the people of the country,” the Chief Minister said.

Addressing party workers on the occasion of the 17 foundation day of the BJD here, Mr. Patnaik further said that the BJD should work hard to win more Lok Sabha seats in the 2014 simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.

The winning of more Lok Sabha seats would help the BJD become stronger in New Delhi to fight for the interest of the State, Mr. Patnaik added.

Finance Minister Prasanna Acharya said that since no national party would be able to secure a majority in the 2014 elections, the BJD, together with other regional parties, will play a major role at the national level.

The meeting was addressed by several senior leaders and Ministers. All the speakers expressed hope that the party will win a majority of Lok Sabha and Assembly seats in the elections early next year.