Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, April 6:
The use of photographs of senior bureaucrats in various leaflets published by BJD for election propaganda has sparked a controversy, after the BJP accused the ruling party of diminishing the image of the bureaucrats.
In its booklet highlighting the developmental schemes for farmers, the BJD has used the photographs of a number of senior bureaucrats including the former chief secretary BK Patnaik, present chief secretary JK Mohapatra, former Agriculture secretary Ranglal Jamuda ( now a joint secretary at the Centre) and Horticulture director Sanjeev Chadha along with photographs of chief minister Naveen Patnaik and Agriculture minister Deviprasad Mishra.
“The ruling party is using official machinery for its poll campaign and bureaucrats are being given political assignments including the task of election management. Now it has gone even farther and is now using bureucrats’ photos in various booklets that are being circulated in large numbers to people for the election campaign. This is not only inappropriate but diminishing the image of the bureaucrats as well,” said BJP spokesperson Sajjan Sharma.
He said it also constitutes a gross violation of model code of conduct.
On Saturday, BJP’s national general secretary Dharmendra Pradhan had demanded a probe into the telephone call records of an IAS officer working in the third floor of the Secretariat (chief minister’s office) who he accused of working for the ruling party.
“We will move the Election Commission of India seeking an inquiry into his activities and a through check of the call records of the bureaucrat, who is working for the ruling party in gross violation of the mdoel code. It will expose the nexus between the government officials and the ruling party,” said Pradhan at a press conference on Saturday