08 November 2018
Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the two-phase Assembly elections in adjoining Chhattisgarh and in a bid to prevent possible Maoist activities, the Election Commission of India has reportedly directed Odisha Government to seal the border being shared by the two neighbouring states.
Notably on November 12, assembly polls will be held in 12 Maoist-affected constituencies of Chhattisgarh while the second phase elections for 78 assembly seats on November 20.
Such a move of the Election Commission is to ensure free and fair elections. It is also aimed at checking smuggling of liquor and other contrabands as well as narcotics and also black money which might affect the elections in Chhattisgarh.
Following the Election Commission’s order, Odisha Government has instructed authorities Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi, Bolangir, Bargarh, Jharsuguda and Sundergarh districts to conduct frisking in border areas. These eight districts of Odisha share borders with Chhattisgarh.
As per reports, Chief Election Commissioner Omm Prakash Rawat on November 5 addressed senior Odisha Government officials via video conference in this regard and the vital video conference was also attended by the District Collector of the eight Odisha districts mentioned above.