Inquiry order against violation of model code

Bolangir: The district collector today asked the sub-collector of Bolangir to conduct an inquiry into alleged violation of model code of conduct by the ruling Biju Janata Dal candidates during filing of nominations for the panchayat elections. The inquiry order was issued following allegations by Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress leaders that the ruling party candidates resorted to excess expenditure on the last day of filing of nomination papers today.

The BJP and Congress candidates had filed nominations on Wednesday. Twelve zilla parishad candidates of ruling BJD today filed nominations on the last day of filing of nominations. However, opposition Congress and BJP leaders complained that the BJD candidates spent huge amount of money for bringing supporters and also fluttered party flags on the four-wheelers. Alleged Pravash Chandra Panigrahi, BJP president of the district unit,"The ruling party candidates openly flouted model code of conduct and spent huge amount of money." The allegations of the BJP was seconded by Bhagaban Bagarti, Congress president of the district unit.

Denying the allegations of the BJP and Congress leaders BJD leader Harekrushna Sarangi said that the opposition made baseless allegations. Said he,"The candidates did not use vehicles to bring supporters."However, the district collector Sailendra Narayan Dey who asked the sub-collector of Bolangir to conduct an inquiry into the allegations said,"The order has been given for an impartial inquiry into the allegations and there was no question of any bias."