BJD election office set on fire

Kendrapara: A temporary street-corner election office of BJD was set on fire by miscreants in ward-21 here as electioneering for the high voltage November 15 Kendrapara municipality polls has come to an end today. The burning down of election office last night sparked off tension in the ward.

As allegations and counter-allegations fly thick and fast, the ruling BJD today lodged a complaint with the state election commission alleging that the principal opposition party Congress had resorted to hire law-breakers to hijack the popular mandate. "We have received a complaint regarding the election office burning from BJD candidate Bahali Tudu. The incident is being investigated. No arrest has been made and security stepped up in the township to keep the law-breakers at bay," said Kendrapara Superintendent of Police Narasingha Bhol.

Tension also mounted during the trial demonstration of EVM as opposition parties sought for demo of all the machines. But the authorities refused resulting in commotion. "We abide by the strict guidelines issued by election commission. The voting machines were picked up randomly for trial demonstration in presence of party representatives. However, some sections demanded trial display of all the EVMs which is against instructions issued to us," said Kendrapara Collector, Pradipta Kishore Pattnaik.