BJD MLA in dock in affidavit row; Opposition demands arrest

Bhubaneswar: More skeletons are tumbling out of the cupboard of Kendrapara BJD legislator Kishore Chandra Tarai as it is found that the legislator’s 2014 poll affidavit has been made in the name of one Lenin Lenka instead of the lawmaker himself.

In the affidavit, made on 26 March, 2014, while the deponent’s name is mentioned as one Lenin Lenka, the MLA himself has signed at the bottom as the deponent, creating confusion about the actual deponent.

More interestingly, the affidavit has been identified and verified by advocate GR Dash and notary Radha Shyam Chand of Kendrapara court, respectively.

This has brought more troubles for the ruling party MLA as he was already in the limelight for furnishing false information about his wife and father in the affidavit.

The opposition BJP and Congress have demanded his arrest in the matter.

“The lawmaker who can willingly make such affidavits should be immediately arrested. I believe other than these, he (Tarai) must have been involved in many such cases,” Leader of Opposition Narasingh Mishra said.

The saffron party has also demanded that the State Election Commission (SEC) should take up the matter suo motu.

“The ruling party must dismiss him (Tarai) from the party. We will definitely take up the matter before the SEC,” BJP’s Sajjan Sharma said.

Unwilling to comment on the issue, the Kendrapara lawmaker however said that he has no information on the matter.

Few days ago the MLA grabbed headlines as he had written his wife’s name as Kabita in the affidavit at the time of filing of nomination papers for the 2014 Assembly election. But his wife had mentioned her name as Babita Tarai while filing papers for Panchayat Samiti member post in Penthapala panchayat under Pattamundai block of the district.

In 2004, when Kishore was elected from the reserved Pattamundai Assembly seat, he had named Bimbadhar Tarai as his father. But in 2014 election, Kishore wrote his father’s name as Bimal Charan.

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