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Show cause notice on Odisha minister for poll code violation

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 6:

The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Odisha today asked the Kandhamal district collector to issue a show cause notice to Health minister and senior BJD leader Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak for violation of model code of conduct, which is in force for the by-election to Kandhamal Parliamentary seat.

Atanu Sabyasachi
Atanu Sabyasachi

“We have directed the district collector to issue show cause notice to Nayak for violation of poll code. We can take action only after receiving unsatisfactory answer from him,” the state joint chief electoral officer Jyoti Prakash Dash told media persons here.

The health minister had allegedly, on September 30, made the controversial statement at a meeting held at Kotagarh under Balliguda Assembly constituency on September 30.

Nayak had said the BJD was in power in the state and the government officials as well as police, who would be conducting the by-poll in Kandhamal, were working under the instructions of the party in power (BJD). Hence, the BJD workers need not worry about anything and make sure the party emerges victorious at any cost.

Earlier, an FIR had been lodged at the Phulbani town police station against Nayak by the BJP district general secretary Debanarayan Pradhan for violating the model code of conduct by making such a statement in public.

The district collector-cum-returning officer has also issued a show-cause notice to BJD candidate Pratyusha Rajeswari Singh for allegedly violating the election code.

The show cause was issued after BJP alleged that the ruling party had held a poll meeting at the aerodrome field in Phulbani without having necessary permission from the district administration. The meeting was attended by Transport and Commerce Minister Ramesh Majhi, BJD MLA Pramila Mallick and former MLA Debendra Kanhar, besides several other leaders of the party.

The BJP has accused the BJD of adopting unfair means and methods to win the by-poll.