Bhubaneswar, Apr 9 UNI | 4 months ago

Odisha Unit of the BJP today lodged a formal complaint with the Chief Electoral Officer(CEO) against a senior IAS officer for allegedly working as a party office-bearer of the ruling BJD and managing the entire election campaign of the ruling party from 'Naveen Niwas', the residence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

In a letter to the CEO, copies of which were released at a news conference here, BJP's election In-Charge Surendranath Lath demanded that a close watch be kept on Mr V K Pandian, Private Secretary to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for misusing his official power and machinery.

The party said a close circuit camera be put around the house of the IAS officer and surveillance be mounted on his movements and activities.

The Election Commission should scrutinise all his phone call records from the date of the announcement of the elections to probe his complicity with the ruling party, they demanded.

Mr Lath said the state unit of BJP had also requested its party high command to take up the matter with the Election Commission.

He alleged that the ruling BJD was politicising and using bureaucracy for its benefit, violating the Model Code of Conduct.

Mr Lath said Mr Pandian was interfering in the State Election process by directing and issuing orders favouring BJD. He was also misusing the state machinery for campaigning of the ruling BJD, the party alleged.

The BJP leader further alleged that the 108 Ambulance and police vehicles were used for supplying BJD posters, publicity material, liquor, currency notes to different local leaders and voters to mobilise the voters in their favour under the direction of the IAS offcer

The SHG groups, Anangwadi workers and Bharat Nirman members, Home guards and police personnel were also being used for the propaganda of the ruling party at the direction of the IAS officer, Mr Lath said and demanded a thorough probe into the incident.

Elections will be held in the state in two phases on April 10 and 17.

(Posted on 09-04-2014)