Bhubaneswar, Oct 23: In a major political development in Odisha, the BJD veteran and State Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout on Monday told that the ruling BJD would be ready for a pact with Congress to check the communal forces in the state.
The veteran leader, however, stated that the final decision will be taken by the party supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in this regard.
'Congress is a secular party. We have an ideological difference with the saffron party.Time has come to unite all the Anti-BJP and anti communal political outfits to come together', Rout said.
'We will welcome if the Congress joins us', Dr Rout added.