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Opp slams BJD minister's cash reward offer for votes;

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Opposition BJP and Thursday slammed Odisha's Law for allegedly announcing cash reward for the panchayat from where the ruling BJD candidate of seat would get the maximum number of votes.

An audio tape of the minister's "announcement" of Rs 35 lakh reward has gone viral on

Alleging that the has violated the code of conduct, the BJP complained to the state's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) and lodged an FIR against Jena.

The also said it would loge a complaint with the against the

said the matter is under the CEO's scanner and he will make a decision in this regard.

The minister was not available for comment.

"Jena has violated the code of conduct. We apprised the of the matter today and demanded his prosecution under the Indian Penal Code," BJP state vice-president said.

State said, "Jena should be debarred from the election process."

At a party workers' meeting at Salipur in district on Wednesday, Jena allegedly said the BJD would give Rs 35 lakh cash to the panchayat from where the party's Salipur candidate would get the maximum number of votes.

The minister named Behera though the BJD is yet to release its candidate list.

Simultaneous polling will be held in for its 21 Lok Sabha seats and 147 Assembly constituencies in four phases on April 11, 18, 23 and 29.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 22:00 IST