BJP candidate from Kandhamal Lok Sabha seat Ashok Sahu, who was on Tuesday taken into custody for allegedly making hate speech, asked partymen not to 'create a scene' which would help those demanding postponement of polls in the communally sensitive district.
"You should not do anything which will help Arch Bishop Rapheal Cheenath's demand for postponing the elections in Kandhamal," Sahu appealed to party workers hours after his arrest.
Earlier he had warned the administration that it would be responsible for 'consequences' leading to his arrest in the midst of campaigning.
"The agitated party men and women must maintain cool," Sahu told PTI from Phulbani police station.
Issuing direction to the BJP rank and file in the communally-sensitive Kandhamal not to agitate 'at this juncture' which would 'help the opponents', he said 'winning in the polls mostly depend upon our supporters. If they maintain peace, none can defeat me. If they react emotionally, the EC will postpone the polls."
Stating that his electoral prospect has emerged as a 'prestige´ issue under the changed circumstances, Sahu expressed confidence that he would "certainly" win if free and fair polling took place in his absence in Kandhamal.