Bhubaneswar: With the Supreme Court setting
aside the election of Independent MLA from Athagarh assembly
seat in Orissa, ruling BJD on Friday said it would study the order
while opposition Congress demanded action against the then
returning officer for illegal rejection of nomination
of the BJD candidate in 2009 polls.
Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik said
he learnt about the Supreme Court order from media and the
matter would be examined by the party at length.
However, senior BJD leader and former minister Damodar
Rout demanded a thorough investigation into the matter to
ascertain as to who was instrumental in rejection of the
nomination of party candidate Ranendra Pratap Swain.
He also sought to know who funded the election campaign
and court expenses of Independent legislator Ramesh Rout,
whose election was set aside by the apex court.
While Swain hailed the supreme court verdict as a
"victory of truth and people of Athagarh," Ramesh Rout was not
available for comment.
Congress chief whip in Orissa assembly Prasad Harichandan
demanded action against the then returning officer of Athagarh
constituency as the Supreme Court set aside the election of
Rout on the ground that rejection of nomination paper of BJD
candidate in 2009 polls was illegal.
Orissa Pradesh Congress Committee president Niranjan
Patnaik said the apex court verdict "showed gross misuse of
official machinery during the election."