Bhubaneswar, March 19 (LocalWire): BJD on Tuesday said it will complain to the Election Commission against BJP over its controversial statement that CM Naveen Patnaik chose to contest from two seats based on a negative report from police.
The police had on Monday denied the existence of such a letter and made it clear that it’s fake and may have been circulated to malign the chief minister.
BJD supporters said it’s a proof of what they have been saying all along that the saffron brigade is trying to influence voters even if it meant through dishonest means.
A BJP youth leader had on Monday claimed that the BJD supremo had also decided to contest from Bijepur after an intelligence report from police gave a negative outlook for Hinjili.
“The so-called intelligence report, which BJP has cited, is fabricated for illegal political gains. We will lodge a complaint at the office of the Chief Electoral Officer for further action,” BJD spokesperson Pratap Deb said here at a press conference.
“BJP had resorted to similar tactics during Karnataka election. The letter produced by the party on Monday is identical with the letter in Karnataka. Both letters have same letter number. The party is spreading lies by using the name of state intelligence,” Deb added.
The document, purported to be an assessment of assembly constituency, also recommended Patnaik to fight in three other constituencies: Rourkela, Bolangir and Titlagarh.
“BJP is no match to BJD, so it is taking the help of lies,” Deb said.
BJP, on the other hand, reiterated their claim and demanded a CBI enquiry to establish the veracity of the letter.
The state police on Monday had registered a case against those behind the letter on the basis of a complaint filed by Bhubaneswar SP (special branch) Kartikeshwar Samal.