Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 11:
Political slugfest over BJD’s alleged money transfer to Sabyasachi Panda continued today as former Union Steel Minister Braja Kishore Tripathy today accused Odisha’s ruling party of suppressing information from the public and claimed that BJD has two State Bank of India accounts.
Speaking to reporters a day after BJD held a press conference and clarified that the Rs 45 lakh had been given to its party candidates as election expense, Tripathy today said that BJD has at least two State Bank of India accounts and continued to bat for an investigation.
“The account number they gave yesterday is not the one they used for RTGS. They have a separate account and the one used for RTGS is 3129421044305. They have not issued any clarification over this. The money has been transferred to ICICI bank of Chhatrapur. They have not said anything about this either,” said Tripathy.
“Besides, as per the RTGS format, money can be sent to only one beneficiary from an account. They didn’t even issue the statement to justify why money was sent to different banks, different accounts. They are trying to conceal information. My demand for an investigation by a central agency stands,” he added.
BJD, on the other hand, took strong objection to Tripathy’s allegations.
“He is at the twilight of his political career and these statements are his desperate attempt to stay relevant in politics. His allegations have not been supported by facts. Under RTGS system, money can be sent to not just eight but also 8000 beneficiaries. One can issue one cheque and mark the names of the beneficiaries he wants to send money to,” said BJD Spokesperson Dibya Shankar Mishra.
“We have made necessary clarifications yesterday. I would request him to visit the branch and get all his doubts clarified, if he is not able to understand what we said. Further, making allegations without presenting proper evidence is unfortunate,” he added.