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‘BJP bringing huge money to bribe voters’

| | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar

The BJD on Tuesday moved to the Chief Electoral Officer demanding immediate action in cases of seizure of huge amounts of money from persons having links with the BJP and its candidate Ashok Panigrahi.

A team of ruling party leaders led by general secretary and MLA Debashish Samantray submitted a memorandum to the Chief Electoral Officer in this regard. The memorandum mentioned that police seized huge sums of money from BJP leaders during the last three days and the seized money was meant for distribution among Bijepur voters.

While Rs 40.50 lakh was seized by the Padampur Police from Akash Agrawal, a VHP activist and supporter of BJP candidate Ashok Panigrahi, in another incident, Rs 10.20 lakh was seized by the Barapali police from a motorcycle belonging to Rajesh Kumar Agrawal of Marwaripara, Bargarh and a petrol pump cashier Suru Dandasena of Sonepur.

“From the above two incidents, it is clear that Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan is mobilising huge money from Chhattisgarh and from LPG distributors and petrol pumps to bribe voters to vote for the BJP candidate, Ashok Panigrahi. The police have not taken strict action against this and no investigation done. We request the Election Commission of India to properly investigate the above cases and take immediate action without any further delay,” the BJD demanded.

The ruling party too alleged that though the Gaisilet police conducted a raid on the BJP party office on Monday, they returned without conducting proper investigation as they were opposed by BJP leader and workers. This amply shows the one-sided approach and failure of the police administration, pointed out the memorandum.

“In order to ensure a free and fair election in Bijepur, the movement of Pradhan may be restricted and checked through CCTV surveillance and his vehicles be checked from time to time to ensure that no money is carried in his vehicle or the vehicles following him during his campaign.

The commission may appoint extra observers to control such activity of Pradhan and his entire movement in the constituency may be video-graphed, suggested the BJD.




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