**Bhubaneswar:** The Communist Party of India (CPI) has decided to form an alliance with Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) to contest elections in Odisha, said party’s National Secretary D Raja on Sunday.
Briefing mediapersons after a meeting with OPCC chief Niranjan Patnaik, Raja said there is a need to prevent BJP taking advantage in the politics of Odisha. At the same time BJD maintaining equidistance from communal and fascist and secular democratic forces is not acceptable to the CPI. It will not benefit Odisha or the country as a whole.
Not only CPI but Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPM is also speaking to Congress. It is more likely Congress, CPI, CMM and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) would come together and fight the elections jointly in Odisha, he added.
Answering a query on the sharing of seats between the parties, Raja said, “Already our State Counicl has identified a certain number of seats. We are discussing and what will be finalised is subject to negotiations.”
On the other hand, BJD spokesperson Sameer Das opined, as the elections are nearing all political parties have the right to take any decision in relation to their organisation. The parties can continue their endeavour and so is BJD pursuing its mission.
“People of Odisha have showered their blessings on BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for four terms and we believe he will receive the blessings and take charge of Odisha for the fifth term,” said Das.