Mohapatra, who is the BJP candidate in the Patkura Assembly seat, in a written complaint lodged by his election agent with the returning officer alleged that the state government's relief work has been turned into a tool by BJD candidiate Sabitri Agarwal to "induce" the voters ahead of the polls.
The government relief was distributed by BJD nominee Agarwal in the very presence of government officials in charge of relief distribution, he alleged.
The ruling BJD has made mockery of democracy by taking over the relief and restoration measures in the aftermath of cyclone 'Fani' which made a landfall on May 3, he claimed.
When contacted, the Kendrapara district unit of the ruling BJD declined to comment on the allegation.
In view of the serious devastation caused by cyclone Fani, ECI had decided to extend completion of the elections from Patkura assembly segment for 60 days. The poll date will be suitably decided after assessing local situation.
Earlier, the ECI had fixed May 19 as the date of polls for Patkura.
Then, the ECI had fixed May 19 as the new date for the polls.
All the three major parties, BJD, Congress and BJP have fielded their candidates in Patkura. While BJD has fielded Agarwal's wife Sabitri as its candidate for Patkura, Mohapatra is the BJP nominee and Congress has named Jayant Mohanty as its candidate.
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