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I am not accountable to political parties : SEC


OST bureau

Bhubaneswar, Dec 13 :

State Election Commissioner Ajit Kumar Tripathy today said he holds a constitutional post and is not accountable to political parties.

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He was reacting to the Congress party’s demand for his removal on the ground that he was favouring the ruling Biju Janata Dal and had deliberately overlooked blatant violations of the model code of conduct by ruling party leaders and candidates.

” I hold a constitutional post and have been appointed by the Governor. I am accountable to the Constitution and constitutional authority, not political parties,” Tripathy told newsmen after a delegation of the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee led by its president Jayadev Jena met with Governor SC Jamir and submitted a petition against him.

” I do not think I have been unfair or conducted myself in a partisan manner and I will explain my position to the Governor if he chooses to ask me for my response”, the SEC said.