Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: The State BJP today alleged that there have been rampant irregularities in the voter list in Odisha by the government machinery.

Talking to media persons here, BJP State vice president Samir Mohanty claimed that he has come to know about such irregularities during his recent tour to Balasore district.

“I have arrived here today after having a three-day tour to Balasore district. During my tour, I have come to know that the senior district officials like the Collector, BDOs and Tehsildars in connivance with the ruling party, have been frequently changing the voter list at the instance of the ‘Third Floor’. The Collector and the BDO have changed the voter list Olandasara village by adding 421 additional voters after November 25 last year,” Mohanty said.

He also said that in gross violation of the directive of the State Election Commission (SEC), the BDOs are providing work orders of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana in several blocks in the district.

Reacting to the statement of the BJP leader, BJD spokesperson Sashibhusan Behera said the saffron party should restrain itself from frequently pointing its fingers at the “Third Floor” (chief minister) as by doing this, it will lose trust of the people. “If there is any such mistake done by the administration, the SEC will take action accordingly,” he observed.

Asked about the allegations by the BJP in this matter, SEC secretary Rabindranath Sahu said the Commission has taken note of the allegations. “The Commission will ask the Balasore collector to submit a report on the matter and it will take appropriate action on the basis of the report,” he added.

He said there has been no change in the voter list of Olandasara village after November 26, 2016. “Apart from correction of name and address of the voters, there has been no addition or deletion of name of any voter from the voter list,” he pointed out.