Assembly Polls: Candidate mentions 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 in Odisha.
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.