BJP Levels Cash-For-Vote Charge Against Caretaker Minister Pratap Jena

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday alleged cash-for-vote charge against caretaker law minister Pratap Jena and sought for his disqualification to contest next month’s polls.

An audio clip aired by a private channel had put forth damning evidence of Jena offering cash incentives to voters in the event they cast their franchise in favour of ruling BJD in the coming polls.

The Gram Panchayat where the maximum number votes would be polled in favour of BJD in next month will be rewarded with Rs 35 lakh cash. Similarly people in polling booth with highest votes to the regional party will be handed over Rs 15 lakh freebie in return for the loyalty to the party, Jena had reportedly said addressing a public meeting in Salipur assembly constituency

Offering cash for votes is a cognizable offence under the Representation of the People’s Act. It’s a flagrant violation of model code of conduct enforced by the election commission of India. Jena has perpetrated electoral malpractice and he ought to be debarred from contesting polls in accordance with the law of the land, said BJP vice president Sameer Mohanty while briefing reporters here today.

We have furnished relevant evidence in this regard with the election commission. The commission should initiate coercive measures in this regard for free and fair polls in Odisha, he added.

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