Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The BJP on Friday came down heavily on the State Election Commission (SEC) for allegedly showing favour to the ruling BJD during the recently concluded Panchayat Elections in Odisha. 

The Opposition party also raised apprehensions about fairness during the counting process which will begin tomorrow.

“The State Election Commission had issued directions for free and fair election. However, all the rules and regulations specified by the State Election Commission were thrown to wind during the elections. Undue favour has been shown to the ruling BJD during the polls,” alleged Odisha BJP President Samir Mohanty.

Earlier in the day, a delegation of the saffron party leaders staged a dharna in front of the SEC office in Bhubaneswar protesting the alleged favouritism shown by the Constitutional body to the ruling dispensation in the State.

“Massive irregularities have been found in preparing the voters’ lists. The presiding officers should have submitted Form-11 after the completion of polling. However, the norm has been violated at several places,” said Mohanty.

On Wednesday, BJP leader Dilip Mallick had questioned about storing the ballot boxes of Zone-1 and Zone-2 at one place in Mahanga. The saffron party has expressed discontentment over some important decisions of the poll panel once again today.

“An all-party meeting was convened by the SEC before the elections. A manual enumerating the election procedures were provided to all the parties. However, the rules and regulations were blatantly violated during the polling which is not acceptable,” said Mohanty.