BJD knocks on Odisha CEO’s door again against BJP, OTV

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Bhubaneswar: The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Friday again moved the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Odisha alleging poll code violation by BJP and inaction in connection with broadcasting of paid news by OTV news channel.

The BJD delegation comprising Sulata Deo, Sasmit Patra and Lenin Mohanty submitted three memorandums to Odisha CEO Surendra Kumar, in this regard.

In the first memorandum, the BJD alleged that BJP leaders including Dharmendra Pradhan and Soroda MLA candidate Nilamani Bisoi are resorting to criminal and intimidation activities to disrupt the electoral process.

“While the saffron party leader Pradhan threatened and intimidated an Election Observer team, a video of which was telecasted by media channels across the state, BJP’s Soroda MLA candidate Nilamani Bisoi attacked the polling booth in Soroda yesterday and destroyed an EVM. Apart from them, several instances of criminal activities and attacks have been reported by BJP leaders and cadre across the state,” the BJD alleged. The conch party has demanded strong action against BJP for such activities.

In another memorandum, the BJD apprised the Odisha CEO that no action has been taken against BJP for violating Silence Period during the First and Second Phase polling in the state.

“Despite repeated violations by the BJP, which held press meets and issued media bytes during the first and second phases of polling, no action has been taken against the BJP,” the BJD stated and demanded strict actions against the saffron party.

The third memorandum alleged that despite repeated plaints made to the Odisha CEO against the OTV television channel for airing paid news in the favour of BJP, no action has been taken so far.

“Biju Janata Dal has been bringing forth before you enormous amounts of evidence provided in pen drives wherein we have specified how OTV channel is working as a communication arm of the BJP and providing Paid News with the sole intention of furthering and promoting the party and its leaders during this election,” the BJD delegation stated and demanded immediate action in this regard.

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