BJD Calls for Restrictions on Chhattisgarh Governor's Visits to Odisha During Election Period

BJD accuses Chhattisgarh Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan of MCC violations, urging the Election Commission to restrict his Odisha visits during polls. The party alleges Harichandan influenced voters in support of his son, Prithiviraj, contesting from Chilika on a BJP ticket. Harichandan is accused of contacting political leaders, opinion makers, and intellectuals, seeking support for his son. The BJD requests an inquiry and caution from the CEC, asking Harichandan to stay away from the state until the elections are over. Prithiviraj Harichandan denies the accusations, stating that political leaders and others often meet the governor due to his position.

PTI | Bhubaneswar | Updated: 05-05-2024 14:54 IST | Created: 05-05-2024 14:54 IST
BJD Calls for Restrictions on Chhattisgarh Governor's Visits to Odisha During Election Period
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Accusing Chhattisgarh Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan of violating the model code of conduct (MCC), the BJD on Sunday urged the Election Commission to restrict his visit to Odisha till the completion of the simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls in the eastern state.

The Naveen Patnaik-led party alleged that Harichandan, who hails from Odisha, violated the MCC by influencing voters in person and over the phone to support his son Prithiviraj, who is contesting from the Chilika assembly seat on a BJP ticket.

The BJD has mailed a complaint petition to Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Rajiv Kumar and submitted a copy to the chief electoral officer of Odisha in this regard, BJD MP Sasmit Patra said.

The Chhattisgarh governor, during his stay in Bhubaneswar from April 30 to May 4, engaged in indirect campaigning for his son Prithviraj, Patra alleged.

He called up political leaders and important persons in Chilika assembly constituency and requested them to support his son Prithviraj in this election, the BJD leader alleged.

''He invited several eminent intellectuals and opinion makers of Chilika area to his residence from time to time and held consultations with them, with a view to garner electoral support for his son Prithviraj,'' the party said in its petition to the CEC.

The governor's act is a ''gross violation'' of the model code of conduct and ''doesn't behove'' the high constitutional position he holds, the party alleged.

The ruling party in the state requested the CEC to conduct an inquiry into these MCC violations allegedly done by the Chhattisgarh governor.

''He be suitably cautioned and told to refrain from coming to Odisha till the completion of the elections here, more so since his son is contesting as a BJP candidate from Chilika,'' the BJD said in the petition.

Reacting to the allegations, Prithiviraj Harichandan said, ''The BJD is leveling these charges as the party has realised that it is losing ground and will face defeat in this election.'' ''As my father is a governor of a state, many people, including political leaders from different parties and eminent personalities, usually meet him. Will it be stopped for the election?'' Prithiviraj told PTI over the phone.

He (the governor) has not attended any political meeting or programme during his recent visit to Odisha, Prithiviraj claimed.

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