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Bhubaneswar: In harsh stand against the possible grand alliance of BJD and Congress in state, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday bravely welcomed such a move while openly criticizing sudden change of BJD’s stance on the matter as an indication of decision from the third floor of secretariat (an indirect dig at CM).

Earlier on Thursday, MP Bhartuhari Mahatab had said there was every chance of a possible alliance with the Congress party which has become weakened over the time. But not even 24 hours within giving the statement CM Patnaik publicly ruled out such a possibility saying that since Congress has always neglected the interest of the state there was no chance of an alliance.

Subsequently, Mahatab took back his statements saying his previous comments were his personal and party’s overall view.

This issue was sharply pointed out as a new political equation in state. Before the November 25th ‘Mahasamabesh’ for panchyat polls to be graced by national party president Amit Shah, the PNG Minister while speaking to a congregation in the presence of party office bearers, state party president, senior leaders on Saturday said that Mahatab’s remarks indicates a fresh indication in Odisha politics.

Meanwhile, BJD retaliated Pradhan’s comments saying that he has probably unaware of the situation in Odisha since he has been elected to the upper house in parliament from Bihar. Besides, Pradhan should look into his own responsibilities assigned to him by the PM, said MP Bhartuhari Mahatab.

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