Harassment of party workers: BJP warns of action against bureaucrats

Jeypore: Taking strong exception to the persistent harassment of party workers and leaders by some bureaucrats in the ongoing three-tier Panchayat polls in Odisha, the BJP today said it would take appropriate action against them after the party comes to power in 2019.

“There are a number of bureaucrats who are harassing our party workers and leaders. We have identified them. We will set up a commission and take appropriate action against them after coming to power in 2019,” State BJP general secretary Bhrugu Buxipatra told media persons here today.

Taking a dig at the Koraput district collector, the BJP leader said the former is working like the district BJD president. Citing the modus operandi of the collector, Buxipatra said his party had organised a meeting at Borigumma on February 13. Four days before the meeting, a request was made by the BJP party office to the Koraput collector to allow Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan to land in a helicopter at the meeting venue. But the district administration did not give requisite permission. After persistent request, the administration agreed at the last moment and allowed the landing of the helicopter on the day of the meeting for which the meeting was inordinately delayed.

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Terming the incident as grossly unfortunate and deplorable, Buxipatra said the ruling BJD had wanted no election meeting of the BJP in the district for which it had directed the district administration to act accordingly.

“As the administration is working as an employee of the ruling BJD, it is opposed to the BJP campaigning. We request the administration to maintain neutrality and refrain from such unethical activities in gross violation of the model code of conduct failing which we will be forced to take action against them by constituting a commission after unseating the BJD in 2019 Assembly elections,” he maintained.