22 April 2019
Bhubaneswar: After three separate cases of pre-poll violence in Odisha last night, ruling Biju Janata Dal wrote to the Office of Chief Electoral Officer demanding police action against goons and a lie-detector test for BJP leaders.
The first case was reported form Keonjhar when Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee President Niranjan Patnaik was attacked by miscreants during an election rally in Ghasipura. Following this, BJD wrote to the CEO demanding police action against notorious anti-social and criminal Ramesh Jena for threatening, intimidation and violence in Ghasipura.
“Ramesh Jena, an anti-social and criminal with more than 50 cases against him is moving with his goons in Ramachandrapur and is campaigning along with Congress President Niranjan Patnaik even in the silence/ban period. They proceeded with a large convoy to the village of BJD leader and Minister Badri Narayan Patra with an intention to create political violence,” the complaint mentioned.
“When they were stopped by the supporters of Minister Patra in his village at night, Ramesh Jena and his goons assaulted the people there. Strict action needs to be undertaken against him and his goons. Strict action also needs to be taken against Congress President Niranjan Patnaik for campaigning in the silence/ban period where campaigning in all forms is prohibited by the Election Commission,” the letter further mentioned.
Badri Narayan Patra, who is the BJD candidate from Ghasipura, also filed a complaint with CEO reiterating the same. On the other hand, a team of Congress leaders led by Shivanand Ray met the CEO alleging Badri Patra and his son orchestrated the attack on Niranjan Patnaik.
Later in the night, miscreants hurled bombs at the vehicle of Jagannath Pradhan, the BJP candidate for Bhubaneswar (Central) assembly, near Delta Square. While windows of his car were badly damaged, Pradhan escaped unhurt in the incident. Following this, BJD wrote to the CEO demanding lie-detector and Narco-Analysis test of ‘main conspirator BJP leader Dharmendra Pradhan and others for staging a self-inflicted bombing on the empty vehicle of BJP candidate Jagannath Pradhan’.
“He (Dharmendra Pradhan) along with BJP MP candidate for Bhubaneswar Aparajita Sarangi and BJP MLA Candidate Jagannath Pradhan have come together to conspire in a coordinated effort to create an impression that the law and order has broken down. The reason for staging this self-inflicted bombing is the fear of losing. After many false promises, false schemes, now we have false attacks,” the complaint stated.
Demanding Lie-detector Test for all three, the letter went on to mention that BJD leaders were also ready to undertake the test and any kind of investigation to reveal the truth and ‘expose habitual lying of BJP’.
On the other hand, a delegation of BJP led by Dharmendra Pradhan also met the Chief Electoral Officer raising concern over pre-poll violence across Odisha.
It is notable to mention here that soon after the alleged bomb attack on Jagannath Pradhan’s vehicle, BJD’s Bhubaneswar Central candidate Ananta Jena’s vehicle was attacked too following which he was rushed to Capital Hospital for treatment.