BJD Seeks Sealing Of State Borders For Cash Inflow, Action On BJP Leaders For Carrying Black Money

30 March 2019

Mohammed Ishtiyaque

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Bhubaneswar: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Saturday moved the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) demanding sealing of the State Borders with Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh to check inflow of cash and criminals into Odisha and also sought strong action on BJP and its leaders for carrying black money for the elections.

A delegation of BJD led by spokesperson Sulata Deo submitted a memorandum to CEO Surendra Kumar stating that the State Borders of Odisha with Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand are very vulnerable and suspectible to inflow of black money and criminal elements into Odisha with an intention to misguide and illegally influence voters of the State.

Citing the attack on party leader and Minister Susant Singh's brother and seizure of huge cache of cash during the Bijepur by-poll, the BJD alleged the BJP of setting the trend.

"It is important that neither BJP nor Congress, as it has a Government in Chhattisgarh now, are given any space to allow them to bring in black money and criminal elements into Odisha with an ill-intention to disrupt and destroy the sanctity of the elections in Odisha now," the memo read.

In view of this the BJD requested the CEO to undertake all necessary steps to seal the State Borders at the earliest and ensure a free and fair election in Odisha.

Pointing out the seizure of Rs 2 lakh cash from a car at Guderpali in Bargarh district on March 26, the BJD alleged petrol pumps are being called into election work most probably by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan as the vehicle owner Sanjeev Mohapatra is a petrol pump owner and supporter of BJP candidate from Bijepur Sanat Gadtia. Besides, BJP flags were also seized from the vehicle.

Similarly, the seizure of Rs 5.36 lakh cash from a vehicle in possession of four persons including BJP's Gajapati district in-charge, Pabitra Das, on March 27 compounded the issue.

The unaccounted cash had been seized from a car near Punjhikeya Chhak in Digapahandi area in the poll-bound Ganjam district.

"This clearly shows that the BJP is leaving no stone unturned in using black money and cash distribution to misguide voters and influence the elections illegally. We therefore urge you to kindly take this very seriously and serious action needs to be undertaken against the BJP and its leaders caught in this misdeed," the BJD stated.

Till the filing of the story, counter reaction from both BJP and Congress could not be availed despite efforts.

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Sasmit Patra, Spokesperson, BJD