Cong demands action against then RO



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."

PTI