While Odisha Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik remained non-committal on supporting an NDA formation, other party leaders did not rule out the possibility and favoured conditional support to NDA. (JPN/Agencies)
"No talks at all. We have not discussed anything. We have not thought of it yet. Let us wait till the results," Patnaik said.
However, BJD's chief whip Pravat Tripathy said, "Keeping in view the opinion of the whole country and the state's interest, there should be no problem in providing conditional support to NDA to form government at the Centre."
Senior BJD leader Jay Panda said the matter needs to be discussed within the party and a call on this will be taken by the party supremo.
"On this issue, Pravat Tripathi has suggested that conditional support can be given but this is an issue which needs discussion inside the party and ultimately the party leaders and president Naveen Patnaik will take the final call," Panda said.
Analysts, however, feel the BJD could support NDA as it would want BJP's support in the Odisha Assembly in the event of BJD not getting an absolute majority there in the 147-member Assembly.
BJP leaders, on their part, have said their doors are open for any party which extends support to it even though they claim that NDA will get a clear majority.
Odisha has 21 Lok Sabha seats.
There was also speculation that NCP was cosying up to BJP ahead of formation of the next government, after its leader Praful Patel said the country should have a "stable" government which will "decisively govern" for the next five years.
The NCP, however, dismissed it saying the party will remain with UPA.
Meanwhile, the AIADMK that is expected to pocket the biggest share of Tamil Nadu’s 39 seats has also hinted at giving support to the BJP.
AIADMK leader K Malaisamy had earlier said that Jayalalithaa and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi shared good relations with each other and the former would like to continue the close ties with him.
"Modi is great friend of Jayalalithaa, they may differ politically. If he becomes PM then Madam would like close ties," he reportedly said.
While Odisha Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik remained non-committal on supporting an NDA formation, other party leaders did not rule out the possibility and favoured conditional support to NDA.