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Bhubaneswar/ New Delhi, Oct 26: A BJP delegation led by Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday met the Election Commission of India (ECI) in Delhi alleging a violation of the poll code by the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha.
The BJP leaders apprised the ECI about the ‘inaction’ of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Odisha on complaints lodged by the party on poll code violation by the BJD.
“State Government machinery is being misused in Dhamnagar to lure voters. We apprised the ECI about the inaction of the Odisha CEO on complaints lodged by us on poll code violation by the ruling party. By not taking action even after submission of proof, he (CEO) is literally giving permission to officials to carry out wrongdoings,” the senior BJP leader said.
“The CEO is protecting the culprits in the name of forensic evidence. Two videos have gone viral on social media where voters of Dhamnagar are being bribed with cash. Basing on the video, the BJP has apprised the local election officer as well as Chief Electoral Officer and demanded strict action against those involved in such activities, but no actions have been taken so far,” Pradhan said.
“We met the CEC in connection with the violation of the Model Code of Conduct by the BJD in Odisha by-polls. The BJD makes administrative officers act like its party workers. In a video, a woman officer was distributing money, saying those who came to our program will be given money, “said BJP leader Sambit Patra.
In the second incident, an official says that the panchayat which will win will be given Rs 1 crore, Patra said.
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