Congress leaders have accused the administration of overlooking the violation of election code of conduct by the BJD. This comes in the wake of the BJD emerging as the majority by securing nine out of the 19 zilla parisad seats in Sambalpur till the end of fourth round of panchayat polls on Friday. They have threatened to move court if the administration’s attitude continues to the same even on Sunday, the final phase of the polls.
Congress district president Rajkishore Das alleged that BJD workers have terrorized people by using muscle power and police are supporting it. Talking to the media on Saturday, Das said he has already brought this to the notice of the Election Commissioner and requested to ensure free and fair polls in the final phase.
“We do not want to comment on the result of the poll but the way administration extends supports to the ruling party workers we feel it crosses all limits. We will move the court if the Election Commission does not initiate any step against our allegation”, said Sureswar Mishra, senior Congress leader.
The BJP is also of similar view on the role of the administration in the rural polls. Local MLA Jay Narayan Mishra said the ruling BJD wants to grab the zZilla Parisad by using both Muscle and money power BJP becomes the worst sufferer in this election. “We are simply helpless before the muscle and money power used by the BJD workers”, Jay Narayan Mishra said.
BJD is in an upbeat mood after its win. “We had won only one seat in the Sambalpur zilla parishad but this we will form the parishad,” BJD district president Rohit Pujari said. He rubbished allegations of the opposition.