BJD "sorry" for violating model code of conduct



Bhubaneswar: The ruling BJD on Thursday expressed regrets to State Election Commission after "admitting" that some of its leaders including ministers had used official vehicles to attend a party meeting here which led to violation of model code of conduct for the ensuing panchayat polls.

"The ruling party has admitted that some of its ministers and leaders had used the official vehicles to attend the BJD's foundation day function on December 26 and expressed "sorry" for it and committed not to repeat the mistake again," the State Election Commissioner Ajit Kumar Tripathy told reporters.

The ruling party's general secretary Narendra Swain also admitted that some leaders had used the official vehicle to attend the party function under the impression that the code of conduct was only applicable in rural areas. "We have assured the SEC not to repeat the mistake," Swain told reporters.

The SEC took note of media reports which showed official vehicles of some ministers and leaders parked outside the state headquarters of the BJD where party's foundation day function was being held on December 26.

Subsequently, the SEC had issued a show cause notice to the BJD asking it to explain why action would not be taken for clear violation of the model code of conduct for the ensuing panchayat polls scheduled to held from February 11 to 19.

PTI