BHUBANESWAR: Mounting pressure on the ruling BJD to reveal the sources of funding to its accounts, the Opposition Congress and BJP on Saturday demanded probe by Central agencies into the financial transactions.“There is a strong suspicion among the public that chit fund money might have been used by the BJD in the last general elections. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik should come clean by revealing the sources of funding to his party,” said BJP vice-president Sameer Mohanty.
Meanwhile, the BJD on Saturday announced that it has decided to take recourse to legal options as the issue has tarnished the image of the party.Mohanty said his party will raise the matter before the Election Commission of India (ECI), the Enforcement Directorate and the Income Tax Department for a detailed investigation into all financial transactions of BJD accounts if the ruling party failed to reveal the funding sources.
Leader of Opposition Narsingh Mishra, who had raised the issue in the Assembly last year, said the BJD is trying to hide the truth. Congress Chief Whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the entire financial transactions of the BJD.
The BJD, on its part, took no time to react to the allegation. Dubbing the allegation baseless, BJD treasurer Subash Singh said this is a motivated campaign by the Opposition to tarnish the image of the party.
BJD secretary Bijay Nayak said the BJD has decided to take legal recourse over the issue. The issue has tarnished the image of the party, he added.