Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s decision to extend support to NDA presidential candidate Ramnath Kovind has come to fore within the party after senior leader and Cuttack MP Bhartruhari Mahatab raised question over the issue on Sunday.
Mahatab, in a signed article today in the Odia daily owned and edited by him, has questioned the decision of the chief minister to extend support to Kovind.
He is the second MP after Tathagat Satpathy who has raised the issue. An editorial on June 20 in the local daily owned and edited by Satpathy had also questioned the decision and had maintained that it is likely to weaken BJD as BJP is the main rival of the ruling party in Odisha.
Mahatab in his article said a question is being asked now as to why BJD which has adopted the policy of equidistance between BJP and Congress announced support for the NDA presidential candidate.