BJP BJDalliance runs into rough weather
The alliance between the Biju Janata Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party appears to be heading for trouble with the saffron party not ready to accept any decrease in its share of Lok Sabha and Assembly seats.

The leaders the two parties who attended a joint meeting here on Saturday evening were not able to find a solution to the crisis over the seat-sharing arrangement.

The BJD has proposed that the BJP should contest in less number of Parliamentary and Assembly seats, but the later has made it clear that it would not agree for any change in the number of seats it contested in the past.

Senior BJP leaders on Sunday said they would remain in the alliance only if the BJD changed its stand and continue with the previous seat-sharing formula. In the past two Lok Sabha and Assembly polls, the BJD had contested in 12 Parliamentary seats and 84 Assembly constituencies and the BJP had fought from nine Lok Sabha seats and 63 Assembly segments.

The BJD is asking for a bigger share in both Assembly and Lok Sabha seats as it had done much better than its partner in the recently held civic body polls. The next coordination meeting between the two parties is scheduled to be held next week.