BJD not yet Decided to join Janata Parivar: Naveen

Bhubaneswar, Nov 10: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik said that his party has not yet decided on joining the move to reunite the erstwhile Janata Parivar.

"Our party has not taken any stand on joining Janata Parivar issue yet. We are waiting for the future," Patnaik told reporters on his return after a six-day tour to the national capital.

He said that the BJD has continued to maintain equal distance from both the Congress and BJP. However, the party would wait for the upcoming development at the national level.

Since the Janata Party has lost its identity in the course of time with the formation of other parties with its members, the issue of "Janata Parivar" remained in news after senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy claimed that he was the last surviving member of erstwhile Janata Party and the BJP was the real Janata Parivar.

It should be noted that 6 political parties reportedly belonging to "Janata parivar" have come together to form a united front against the BJP-led government in the Winter Session of Parliament. However, they have not ruled out the possibility of a merger in the future to take on the BJP.

The issue came after JD(U) leaders Sharad Yadav and Nitish Kumar, RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, JD(S) leader H D Deve Gowda, INLD's Dushyant Chautala and SJP's Kamal Morarka attended a lunch hosted by Samajwadi Party's Mulayam Singh Yadav on November 6.

Swamy, during his visit to Odisha capital on Sunday, said that he was the last surviving member of the Janata Parivar, adding, Mulayam, Lalu, Deve Gowda and Nitish were part of it no more as they have broken the Janata Parivar.

"I was the last surviving member of the Janata Parivar. However, I merged my party with BJP, the new avatar of Jansangha," Swamy told reporters here.