Congress-led grand alliance to fight against BJD, BJP in Odisha!

Bhubaneswar: The Communist Party of India (CPI) on Sunday said they are in talks for forging a grand alliance in Odisha to fight against the BJP and the ruling BJD in the forthcoming Assembly and Lok Sabha polls.

A grand alliance is likely to be formed between the CPI, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and Congress ahead of the elections to give a tough challenge to the BJP and ruling BJD in Odisha.

CPI national secretary D Raja said they are in talks with other political parties to form a grand alliance to flight the 2019 elections jointly in Odisha.

 “We are speaking to Congress. Not only CPI but also the CPM is also speaking to Congress. It is more likely the Congress, CPI, CPM and JMM would come together to fight the elections collectively and jointly in Odisha,” Raja told media persons here.

Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Niranjan Patnaik said though a talk is in the process for the alliance, nothing concrete has emerged on seat sharing.