17 March 2019
Bhubaneswar: BJD on Sunday demanded rolling back of the decision of Railways Ministry to shift the Bhubaneswar office of Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE) to Bengaluru alleging it as violation of Model Code of Conduct (MCC).
A delegation of BJD led by General Secretary Badri Narayan Patra meet Odisha Chief Electoral Officer Surendra Kumar and submitted a memorandum seeking his intervention and also drawing the attention of the Election Commission of India in this matter.
"On 10th March, 2019 the Model Code of Conduct for General Elections and Assembly Elections 2019 came into force for Odisha's Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections. The Model Code of Conduct specifies that during this period the Government in the Centre as well as in the States cannot take any policy matter decisions and routine Government work is to be undertaken. However, we were shocked to know that on 13th March, 2019, three days after the Model Code of Conduct had been imposed, that the Railway Electrification Bhubaneswar Unit is being closed and shifted to Bengaluru," the memorandum read.
BJD termed it a deep seated conspiracy by BJP, since it is at the Central Government, to garner votes in Karnataka by shifting the Railway Electrification unit to Bengaluru. Infact the BJP is depriving people of Odisha and virtually attempting to destroy the electrification process of railways in Odisha, it added.
The party futher alleged that formation of the South Coast Railway (SCoR) by carving out large section of the East Coast Railway (ECoR), few days before the MCC came into force, was also done with an eye to garner votes in the Andhra Pradesh elections as well.
"This blatant and flagrant violation of the Model Code of Conduct repeatedly by the BJP through its Central Government agencies does not augur well for the conduct of free and fair elections," it added.