Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, June 24:
In a controversial action, the Returning Officer of Odisha Legislative Assembly today refused to entertain a complaint, which sought the rejection of nominations of two BJD Rajya Sabha candidates Bhupindar Singh and Anang Uday Singhdeo for having double voter ID cards and furnishing false information in their affidavits.
However, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Mona Sharma has received a complaint against the ruling party candidates, who are seeking to be elected to the upper house of the Parliament.
Subash Mohapatra, a social activist, had filed the complaint before the CEO.
“Bhupinder Singh, son of Jodh Singh has filed affidavit along nomination papers for the election to Rajyasbha violating the Representation of People’s Act 1950. Singh has procured two voter ID cards by registering his name in the electoral rolls in more than one constituency. Bhupinder Singh has a voter id bearing number RMU0054833 having serial at 812 in part 94 Gautam Nagar in 114 Ekamra constituency. Further he has another voter id bearing number YAO0725366 having serial at 458 in part 236 M-Rampur -1 in 81 Narla Assembly Constituency,” said Mohapatra is his complaint.
He pointed out, AU Singhdeo, son of Rajendra Narayan Singhdeo also possesses double voter ID cards. While he has a voter ID card at Gopabandhu Nagar in the capital city bearing number RXL0664847, the royal scion has also a voter card bearing number LLP1929132 in Bolangir constituency. Interestingly, his son Kalikesh Singhdeo, who is a BJD MP, has also two voter ID cards.
“Both the candidates have violated section 17, 19 and 31 of the Representation of People’s Act 1951, failure of the compliance of the section 33 and 33A of the Representation of People’s Act 1950 and occurrence of crime under 177, 181 and 200 of Indian penal code,” read the complaint.
Their act of procuring more than one voter IDs violated the section 17 of the Representation of People’s Act 1950, the complaint said.
“They have filed false declaration to grab more than one voter IDs by violating section 31 of the same Act. They intentionally concealed the information, gave false statement on affidavit as per form 26 (See rule 4a) while filing his nomination, and used as true the declaration knowing it to be false,” pointed out Mohapatra.