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BJP Considers Contesting Odisha Elections Independently As Talks With Patnaik Stall

The much-awaited pre-election negotiations between Odisha’s ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) faced obstacles, potentially leading to both parties contesting elections independently. Talks in Delhi failed to resolve disputes over key constituencies like Bhubaneswar and Puri, resulting in an unexpected deadlock. Upon returning to Bhubaneswar, BJP state president Manmohan Samal hinted at fielding candidates across all assembly and Lok Sabha seats in Odisha. Discussions in Delhi focused solely on election preparations without mentioning any alliance or seat-sharing arrangement.

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