He could have been a major ally for the Mahagathbandhan but Odisha chief minister and BJD chief Naveen Patnaik has denied being part of the grand alliance.
Patnaik said that he wanted to clarify that as far as the Mahagathbandhan is concerned, the Biju Janata Dal is not a part of it.
This came about as Patnaik was in Delhi to participate in a farmers’ protest held by his party.
The decision comes amid talks between various parties to form alliances before the crucial 2019 polls.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao had started a campaign to build a non-BJP, non-Congress federal front and met Naveen Patnaik and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
After supporting the NDA in the presidential election, the BJD had switched to the opposition camp in the vice-presidential election, but given the scale of Venkaiah Naidu’s victory, the Odisha Congress had expressed suspicion of cross-voting by the BJD lawmakers.