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BJD, BJP lodge complaint against each other with ECI

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

The ruling BJD in and the opposition BJP Thursday lodged a complaint against each with the visiting (ECI) team.

A six-member ECI team led by and comprising deputy Chandrabhusan Kumar, general (Expenditure) D K Sharma, ADG (PIB) Sefali Saran, and are in to review the poll preparations in the state.

The (BJD) and the (BJP) levelled the allegations against each other when their representatives met the ECI team.

BJD 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 district.

BJP alleged that the ruling BJD was using employees for their party work.

"We fear that the has raised Biju Yuva Vahini (BYV) to rig polls. The ECI has been urged to keep a tab on the BYV," Buxipatra said.

Senior 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.

(CPI) leader said that his party had urged the poll body to use ballot papers as EVMs have "lost their credibility".

"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.

Sources said the ECI team was also scheduled to discuss the law and order situation with the chief secretary, DGP, Law and officials on Friday.

Assembly elections are also due along with the Lok Sabha polls.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, February 14 2019. 15:35 IST