Himansu Shekhar Rout

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday lodged a complaint with the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha against BJD's candidate for the Nabarangpur parliamentary seat, Pradeep Majhi for his remarks based on Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s doctored video.

The BJP demanded an investigation by the CEO into the BJD MP nominee’s controversial statements based on a doctored video. The saffron party also demanded the immediate arrest of the BJD leader. 

A delegation of the BJP leaders including Dilip Mallick met the CEO and furnished all evidence related to the BJD leader’s speech at a public meeting where his party leader VK Pandian was sharing the dais. 

The BJP alleged that Congress is behind such doctored videos while BJD MP Nominee Pradeep Majhi has been spreading misinformation using these fake videos at the time of elections to draw political mileage.

The BJP further alleged that as the BJD is haunted by fears of an electoral debacle, it is indulging in such mischief to spread lies about political biggies to mislead people.

'Mischief for political mileage'

Speaking to the media, BJP leader Dilip Mallick said, "The BJD and its leaders including VK Pandian, Nabarangpur MP nominee Pradeep Majhi and others are struck by fears of losing the electoral battle and that is why they have been adopting mischievous means and spreading all kinds of lies at the time of elections.”

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He added that the BJD has stooped so low to win elections that it took the help of a doctored video made on Union Minister Amit Shah.

“Pradeep Majhi should be arrested immediately for such damaging mischief against the Home Minister,” he demanded.       
However, no comments were received from Pradeep Majhi, BJD and Congress.