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Odisha Congress Moves Election Commission Against Sambit Patra's 'Religious Campaign'


26 March 2019

Mohammed Ishtiyaque


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Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) has filed a complaint with the Election Commission against BJP's Puri Lok Sabha candidate, Sambit Patra, leveling allegations of ‘religion-based’ campaigning.

Pointing out Patra's rally in Puri during which he held an idol of Lord Jagannath, as violation of Model Code of Conduct, OPCC Spokesperson Nishikanta Mishra urged the Chief Electoral Officer to take action. Patra had also posted pictures on social media holding the idol of the deity.

"When it is mentioned by the Election Commission of India that no election can be fought on basis of any religion, case, creed or culture, the election rally of Dr Sambit Patra and the photographs there of clearly shows the violation of the model code of conduct," Mishra stated in the complaint.

Speaking on this matter, BJD Spokesperson Amar Patnaik said, "What Sambit Patra has done during the election rally in Puri, clearly reflects BJP's communal ideology. The people of Odisha do not believe in communal politics and so does the BJD."

Reacting to the Congress' allegations Odisha BJP Spokesperson Golak Mohapatra said, "Every individual has the liberty to connect with the Almighty in whatever way he or she can. What Congress is doing is out of frustration."

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Nishikanta Mishra, Spokesperson, PCC, Odisha

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Amar Pattnaik, Spokesperson, BJD

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Golak Mohapatra, Spokesperson, BJP, Odisha