Orissa: BJD election office set on fire

A temporary election office of BJD was set on fire by miscreants in ward-21 in Kendrapara.

Last Updated: Nov 13, 2011, 22:49 PM IST

Kendrapara: A temporary street-corner election office of BJD was set on fire by
miscreants in ward-21 here as electioneering for the high
voltage November 15 Kendrapara municipality polls has come to
an end on Sunday.

The burning down of election office last night sparked
off tension in the ward.

As allegations and counter-allegations fly thick and
fast, the ruling BJD today lodged a complaint with the state
election commission alleging that the principal opposition
party Congress had resorted to hire law-breakers to hijack the
popular mandate.

"We have received a complaint regarding the election
office burning from BJD candidate Bahali Tudu. The incident is
being investigated. No arrest has been made and security
stepped up in the township to keep the law-breakers at bay,"
said Kendrapara Superintendent of Police Narasingha Bhol.

Tension also mounted during the trial demonstration of
EVM as opposition parties sought for demo of all the machines.
But the authorities refused resulting in commotion.

"We abide by the strict guidelines issued by election
commission. The voting machines were picked up randomly for
trial demonstration in presence of party representatives.
However, some sections demanded trial display of all the EVMs
which is against instructions issued to us," said Kendrapara
Collector, Pradipta Kishore Pattnaik.

PTI