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Mrunal Manmay Dash

Bhubaneswar: A BJP delegation led by party national spokesperson Sambit Patra met the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Odisha on Wednesday to lodge a complaint against the Tehsildar of Delang alleging that the State government official is intimidating BJP workers at the behest of the ruling BJD during campaigning for the Pipli assembly constituency by-poll.

Apart from Patra, the delegation included State BJP general secretary Lekhashree Samantasinghar and senior leader Kalandi Samal.

Following meeting with the CEO, Patra said, “We have lodged a formal complaint with the CEO against the Tehsildar of Delang block, Mahendra Kumar Badhei for threatening the BJP workers in the area.”

The BJP has demanded the immediate removal of Badhei from Delang Block alleging that he was trying to hamper a free and fair election by conspiring with the BJD leaders stationed in the constituency.

Reiterating his demand for deployment of central forces at sensitive and hyper sensitive booths, Patra said, “We have identified 40 extremely hyper sensitive booths which have a history of violence and where the BJD goons did not allow our booth agents to enter. Central forces should be deployed there on an urgent basis to ensure a free and fair election.”

Patra further alleged that the BJD has been trying to influence the voters through Child Development Project Officer (CDPO) and Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS).

It is worthwhile to mention here that as many as three companies of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) along with 18 platoons of Odisha Special Armed Police (OSAP) have already been deployed during the campaigning for the forthcoming bypoll to the Pipili Assembly constituency on April 17.

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