A six-member ECI team led by Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa and comprising deputy election commissioner Chandrabhusan Kumar, director general (Expenditure) D K Sharma, ADG (PIB) Sefali Saran, Director Nikhil Kumar and secretary Rakesh Kumar are in Odisha to review the poll preparations in the state.
BJD leader Amar Patnaik, who led his party's delegation said, "We have urged the ECI to keep a strict vigil on petrol pumps which are being used to stock and transfer cash during elections. This has happened during previous by-poll."
Patnaik said the regional party has also drawn the attention of the ECI towards the violence being allegedly perpetrated by the BJP in the by-poll at Bijepur assembly segment in Bargarh district.
"We fear that the state government has raised Biju Yuva Vahini (BYV) to rig polls. The ECI has been urged to keep a tab on the BYV," Buxipatra said.
Senior Congress leader Narasingha Mishra after meeting the ECI team told reporters, "We have drawn (the) attention of the ECI towards the blatant misuse of government machineries by the state's BJD government and Centre's BJP government."
"We have also sought protection from the ECI to ensure a free and fair elections," he added.
Mishra also alleged that both the BJD and BJP were using money, muscle and government power to motivate voters.
"We have also urged the ECI to stop groups like the Biju Yuva Vahini," Reddy said.
Later, the ECI team reviewed the poll preparedness with the District Election Officers, Police IGs, SPs and three revenue divisional commissions of the state.
The ECI team also held discussions with the senior officers of the central para military forces.
Odisha Assembly elections are also due along with the Lok Sabha polls.
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