Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the Dhamnagar by-poll, arch-rival parties of the state–BJD & BJP have again seen trading barbs.
While a day before the ruling BJD alleged that the BJP Odisha unit for indulging in harassment, threatening, and maligning women during the ongoing campaigning, the saffron party on Sunday alleged that the conch party has engaged all the government officers in Bhadrak for the campaigning in favour of its own candidate in the poll-bound constituency.
On Sunday, a party delegation led by general secretary Lekhashree Samantasinghar met Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) and lodged a petition alleging BJD used government officials for its own interest.
The BJD, in its petition to the CEO, claimed that BJP leaders were threatening its workers as they feared defeat in the elections.
The party urged the CEO to step up surveillance and ensure free and fair elections in the assembly constituency.
The saffron party claimed it has submitted videos and photos of government officers campaigning for the BJD at two places in the Dhamnagar Assembly constituency, including a woman government official.
“A number of officers are campaigning for the BJD candidate even though they are drawing salaries from the government exchequer,” Samantasinghar alleged.
She also said two government officials were identified putting BJD shawls on their shoulders while campaigning. “We demand stern action against the errant officials.” With barely a day left for campaigning for the November 3 by-poll in Odisha’s Dhamnagar Assembly segment, both the ruling BJD and BJP have intensified their attempts to woo voters.
The Dhamnagar assembly constituency has been witnessing high-voltage campaigning by leaders of the BJD, Congress, BJP, and Independent candidates.
A number of Odisha ministers and MLAs were engaged in campaigning for BJD candidate Abanti Das, while the party’s rebel leader and Independent candidate Rajendra Das was sighted canvassing from door to door.