"Our door is always open for Naveen Patnaik. But, it is not my place to work in the area. I have a different role. But, I know, many in our party have a high-level of respect for Naveen Patnaik for taking leadership in Odisha," Tharoor said.

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Tharoor’s statement came soon after the BJD supremo said that his party would like to maintain equi-distance from both the UPA and NDA.

"Naveen leads a secular party with which the Congress has no basic fundamental difference," Tharoor said.

On Thursday, the Odisha Chief Minister had said, "I think a third front is a healthy option for democracy.”


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