Naveen Patnaik and J Jayalalithaa share dais, spark speculation of alliance

Naveen Patnaik and J Jayalalithaa share dais, spark speculation of alliance
Chennai Triggering speculation of a possible Third Front alliance, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today shared dais with his Tamil Nadu counterpart J Jayalalithaa in the Centenary Auditorium of the Madras University in Chennai today. They will also have a meeting today at Ms Jayalalithaa's residence.

Mr Patnaik, on a 2-day visit to Chennai, said yesterday that Ms Jayalalithaa should head the proposed sub-committee of chief ministers that would examine the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).

Mr Patnaik and Ms Jayalalithaa are the two non-Congress chief ministers who have opposed NCTC in its present form.

The Odisha chief minister's visit, his first to the city, has triggered speculation of a political realignment ahead of the Presidential polls scheduled in June. He said, his party had sought the views of its Members of Parliament and Legislative Assembly to decide its strategy.
Story First Published: May 11, 2012 13:46 IST

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