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Odisha Polls-2019: BJD, BJP & Congress Lodge Electoral Complaints, Seek CEO To Act Soon


20 April 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das


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Bhubaneswar: As the Model Code of Conduct is in force due to the ongoing general elections (both Lok Sabha and Assembly) in Odisha and in view of the two more phases of polling left, BJD, BJP and Congress lodged their respective complaints and grievances with the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) as well as sought swift actions.

In his media reactions, BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra said, “Since OTV news channel is owned by Baijayant Panda and he is in the fray as the Kendrapada Lok Sabha candidate, it is quite evident that the news channel is trying to defame BJD candidate Anubhav Mohanty pitted against Baijayant Panda.”

He informed, “In that respect, they have aired a video clip yesterday in a bid to influence, especially the people of Kendrapada, to evince that Anubhav Babu is angry. The way the news channel is trying to lend benefits to its owner Baijayant Panda and it also implies to the point of being paid news, we today came here to lodge our complaint with the CEO.”

“When the polling is round the corner, will the news channel be allowed to carry on like this or should be restricted? Hence, we have demanded strict action against OTV,” fumed the BJD spokesperson.

On the other hand, Odisha BJP vice-president Samir Mohanty said, “While Kendrapada MP candidate Baijayant Babu and Aul assembly segment candidate were holding road show yesterday, the Biju Vahini members of BJD disrupted the road show. They also damaged vehicle. Who directed them to do so?”

“It has been committed in broad daylight and the police remained mute spectators. Besides damaging the vehicle, they also attacked the BJP workers. Today we have submitted all the requisite evidence with the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) and have demanded action.”  

Soon after filing their party’s petition with the CEO, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (PPC) leader Jagneswar Babu said, “Today we had come once again to file a petition about the 21 Gashipura Assembly Constituency because it is very vulnerable. 65 booths are extremely vulnerable there. This matter has already been discussed with the District Returning Officer and those booths have also been identified.”

“If a flag march by the police force isn’t done now and if the paramilitary force isn’t deployed there, free and fair election can’t be held. No voter is in a position to cast their votes without fear there,” the Congress leader asserted. 

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Sasmit Patra, Spokesperson, BJD

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Samir Mohanty, Vice-President, BJP, Odisha

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Jagneswar Babu, Spokesperson, Congress, Odisha