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BJP urges EC to pursue Naveen’s election fund irregularity issue




 The State unit of BJP today approached the Election Commission of India in New Delhi yet again to demand disqualification of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over alleged fudging of poll expenses statement.

A delegation of the party, led by Party’s national spokesman Dr Sambit Patra also submitted a memorandum to Election Commission in this regard.

It demanded a probe by the Enforcement Directorate and CBDT into alleged dubious transactions in the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) account in State.

In the memorandum the party alleged that the Chief Minister, who contested from Hinjili Assembly constituency, had violated Section 77 of the People’s Representation Act-1951 and deserves to be disqualified.

It further alleged that the Ganjam Collector has been working as an agent of the Chief Minister against whom a case in this regard has been filed and the State government has employed the State’s Advocate General as Ganjam Collector’s lawyer.

The party said senior BJD leader and MP Pinaki Mishra has also admitted ‘confusion’ and ‘typographical errors’ in the affidavit submitted to the Election Commission.

“BJP’s charges got vindicated when BJD MP Pinaki Mishra admitted in a press conference, that there is prima facie some confusion in Naveen Patnaik’s affidavit & attributed it to typographical error. It's astonishing to find that the RTGS number claimed by Naveen Patnaik is also the RTGS number of Ramchandra Hansda, the BJD MP who is behind bars because of his involvement in a chit fund scam,” he said.

Patra told reporters after meeting the Election Commission that the Chief Minister has been named the Fourth Party while the Ganjam Collector Prem Chandra Choudhury is the Third Party.

“Choudhury, who is the permanent Electoral Officer is trying his best to protect Naveen Patnaik,” Patra alleged.

The BJP leader said that the Chief Minister is not only trying to hide the wrong information submitted to the Commission, but also trying his best to suppress the matter.

The BJP delegation, included former minister Samir Dey, BJP’s Hinjili candidate Debananda Mohapatra and Govind Aggarwal also claimed that there was a mismatch in the amount he actually received and what he claimed to have received.

Notably, a delegation had earlier met the Commission, Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax in this connection seeking a probe into what they alleged hawala transactions by the BJD and Naveen Patnaik.

The BJP delegation had claimed to have provided details of the bank account details of the BJD to the ED about a week.

However, the ruling BJD has termed the Opposition action as ‘farce to politicise the matter.’






Editorial

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From asking his party men to ‘live a simple life and serve the people’ to taunting the BJP for its ‘crocodile tears’, Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik has not only become politically invincible, he seems to be so in the coming years too.

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