Bhubaneswar: Opposition Congress and BJP on Monday accused ruling BJD President and Odisha Chief Minister
Naveen Patnaik of violating model code of conduct for next
month`s panchayat polls.
Patnaik allowed candidates contesting for the posts of
sarpanch, member of the panchayat samiti and ward member to
share the podium at the rural election meeting held at Tangi
in Khurda district yesterday, alleged senior Congress leader
Lalatendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra.
"All of us have seen Patnaik introducing Sarpanch,
Panchayat Samiti Member and ward member candidates at the
dais. This is a clear violation of code of conduct," Mohapatra
Senior BJP leader and former law minister BB
Harichandan also demanded action against the chief minister
accusing him of violating model code of conduct for the rural
polls. "The chief minister has no respect for the state
election commissioner," Harichandan alleged.
"The opposition parties are used to making such
allegation. We are not in the habit of violating any law," the
chief minister told reporters to a question on the allegation
made by the opposition.
According to the model code of conduct for the ensuing
rural polls, the candidates contesting for the post of ward
member, sarpanch and panchayat samiti member cannot use
The elections for the three posts will be held
without any political party affilation, the State Election
Commission had categorically said in its advisory to political