No possibility of cross voting in Prez polls: Patnaik

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Summary: Ram Nath Kovind, the Presidential candidate of NDA, and BJP national president Amit Shah will arrive in state on Saturday for campaigning.

Bhubaneswar: Ruling out the possibilities of cross voting by leaders of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik cleared doubts by telling media that there is no possibility of cross voting in his party and BJD will extend its full support for NDA's Presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind in the President polls.

The Shiv Sena's announcement to support Kovind had come amid severe strains in relations of the party with the BJP over a host of issues.

NPP MLA and party convener in the state, Meena, said today that all the four legislators of his party will support Kovind.

"I know Kovindji for a long time".

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"During my gubernatorial stint in Bihar, I never compromised with the dignity of the office", he said.

"As per the direction of the party's central leadership, we have chose to support the NDA nominee in the presidential election", Meena, a former BJP leader, told PTI.

"His journey reposes faith in our Constitution's guarantee to every Indian to dream big irrespective of caste, creed or religion", Patnaik tweeted after meeting Kovind at the state Assembly. After lunch, Kovind thanked BJD for supporting his candidature.

Kovind also met BJP MLAs and its lone MP at the outfit's legislature party leader K V Singhdeo's residence before leaving for New Delhi.

Earlier, Kovind was welcomed by leaders of both the BJD and the BJP at the city airport on his arrival by a special flight.

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