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Dama draws party's ire over 'alliance with Congress' remark

Bhubaneswar, Oct 24: BJD vice president and Minister Dr Damodar Rout's contention for a possible alliance with the 'secular' Congress to hinder the 'non-secular' BJP from growing its strength in the State seems to have not augured well within the ruling party BJD and annoyed some of his colleagues.

In a reaction, BJD SC Cell State convenor and State Planning Board Vice-Chiarman Bishnu Charan Das, a known bete noire of Rout, said an alliance between the BJD and the Congress is impossible.

'The Congress is our enemy. An alliance with Congress is not possible. What he (Dr Rout) said is his personal opinion,' said Das, also a former Minister.

To Das' point, Dr Rout wanted to know why others are misinterpreting his contention.'Why are you misconstruing my view,'Rout wanted to know and added, 'We don't need support from anybody. We are capable of fighting elections alone.'

He went on to say that he doesn't know who took his statement in which way. 'I said what I understood,' he said.

Besides Das, BJD vice-president Surya Narayan Patro too gave his comment on Rout's statement. 'The party supremo will certainly look into what he said. What Damababu says, nobody has power to digest. The BJD capable of fighting elections on its own.'

Notably, Rout had yesterday stated that any opposition party want to join BJD to fight against communal forces like BJP is welcome. 

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