Bhubaneswar, Sep 16:
The state election commission (SEC) has received 83 complaints of model code of conduct violation so far during electioneering for the September 19 polls to 66 urban local bodies (ULBs) in the state. Campaigning for the polls will come to an end tomorrow.
In a press release, the SEC said it had received complaints from 17 districts including Angul (12), Baleswar (5), Cuttack (3), Dhenkanal (9), Gajapati (1), Ganjam (12), Bhadrak (2), Koraput (6), Khurdha (2), Keonjhar (3), Mayurbhanj (1), Jajpur (2), Jagatsinghpur (6), Rayagada (2), Nayagarh (3), Puri (10) and Jharsuguda (4).
While the commissionerate police is conducting an inquiry into alleged violation of code poll by Steel and Mines minister Rajanikant Singh for using official machinery in the election, the SEC has already given a clean chit to Health minister Damodar Rout and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in respect of complaints lodged against them by rival parties.
The BJP and Congress had brought allegations of violation of model code of conduct against Rout for using red beacon during the campaign in Dhenkanal, while BJP had alleged that Chief Minister Patnaik’s chopper landed at the ground of Swami Vivekananda Memorial (SVM) College at Jagatsinghpur and had gone to the government circuit house in violation of the model code of conduct. The Chief Minister and his ministerial colleagues should not use government guest houses and circuit houses while on election campaign, they said, quoting the provision of the model code of conduct.
The ruling party had also levelled an allegation against the Congress for issuing advertisement in newspapers about the development programmes of the UPA government at the Centre, which was rejected by SEC.