BHUBANESWAR: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today urged the State Election Commission (SEC) to stop the dharna of BJP MLA Rabi Naik infront of the sub-collector's office at Kuchinda as violated the model code of conduct imposed for the panchayat polls.
A memorandum submitted to the State Election Commissioner RN Senapati by the BJD said, "Rabi Naik, BJP MLA from Kuchinda assembly constituency has been sitting on a dharna and demonstrating infront of the sub-collector's office along with supporters which is a blatant violation of the model code of conduct notified by the SEC."
The BJD delegation headed by former minister Suryanarayan Patro requested the SEC to intervene and stop the demonstration by the BJP MLA and initiate appropriate legal action against the violators of the model code of conduct. Bhubaneswar MLAs Bijoy Mohanty and Priyadarshi Mishra accompanied Patro.
Meanwhile, the BJP has also alleged violation of model code of conduct by the ruling BJD. A BJP delegation led by vice-president Samir Mohanty submitted a memorandum to the SEC alleging that officials of the women and child development working for implementation of the Integrated Child Integrated Scheme (ICDS) including the Child Development Project Officer (CDPO) are organising women workers conferences for the BJD.
The memorandum alleged that BJD is distributing 'AINA', a booklet published by the state government, as its campaign material. The delegation urged the SEC to stop BJD from distributing the booklet.
Besides, back dated work orders are being issued under several schemes for the benefit of the ruling BJD, the delegation alleged and requested the Commission stop such illegal work.
The BJP delegation included state general secretaries Kalandi Samal and Dilip Mallick, party spokespersons Sajjan Sharma and Golak Mohapatra, former BJP Yuva Morcha president Umakant Patnaik and advocate Surya Narayan Das.