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Dutee Chand courts controversy for allegedly campaigning for

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

star has courted controversy by allegedly campaigning for a BJD Lok Sabha candidate in despite being an icon of the

Chand in her post has spoken about Achyut Samanta, who is contesting as a BJD candidate from Lok Sabha seat where polling will be held on Thursday.

"I am not supporting any candidate or political party. I also do not appeal to any one to vote for However, on a personal level I wish him success in the election as he is God-like for me and helped me a lot to carry my sporting career," she said in her post.

She also requested that the matter should not be politicised.

Chand was among the six persons recognised by the EC as its icon in to create awareness and encourage young and new voters to exercise their franchise in the ongoing simultaneous assembly and Lok Sabha polls in the state.

Following her there have been allegations that Chand had violated the code of conduct and a complaint has been lodged with the chief electoral officer.

"The matter in being investigated and her social media account will be verified," told reporters.

Apart from Chand, the ECI has also recognised para athlete Jayanti Behera, para shuttler Pramod Bhagat, and cine artistes Sivani Sangita and Swaraj as the state icons for the 2019 elections.

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

First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 19:05 IST
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