Ward member candidate shows husband as father

Kendrapara: In a bizarre turn of event, a woman in Kendrapara district posed herself as the daughter of the man whom she had legally married. The reason was to stave off delay in the submission of caste certificate for the ensuing panchayat polls. The accused Kamala Behera is contesting as ward member candidate from Palli Raghunathpur village for the Nahanga gram panchayat body under Derabish tehsil. The said panchayat ward is reserved for the Socially and Educationally Backward Class (SEBC) women candidates.

The woman did not possess the caste certificate, which was mandatory. She was left with little time to get the certificate from his parental village at Nikirai that falls under Kendrapara tehsil. As time was running out for filing of nomination, she applied at local Derabish tehsil for the certificate. To get it on time, she went a step further by showing her spouse Dola Gobinda Behera as her father. She allegedly cited her legally married husband as her father in the caste certificate that she submitted.

Kusuma Devi, a rival candidate, brought the slip to the notice of concerned authorities. Devi has sought rejection of nomination on the ground of submission of erroneous information. She also called for initiation of legal action against her rival nominee on impersonation charge. Narottam Behera, Derabish Block Development officer cum election officer, said"We are examining the legal aspects to ascertain whether the nomination paper merits rejection."

The ward is reserved for SEBC women candidates. The accused woman belongs to SEBC section. The submitted certificate issued by Derabish tehsil is genuine. The sole discrepancy is that her husband has been mentioned as her father. Derabish Tehsildar Rudra Narayan Mohanty said."The tehsil has issued SEBC certificate in favour of Kamala Behera. The local Revenue Inspector has been asked to find out whether the applicant mentioned her spouse as her father." Such act amounts to forgery and deceit. If the inquiry findings detect the wrongful act, cases would be registered against the woman, Mohanty added.