Alleging large scale use of money and muscle power by ruling BJD to rig the just concluded polls in Orissa, BJP on Monday demanded a thorough probe into the matter and appropriate action by Election Commission (EC).
“Criminal elements from outside were openly engaged in a bid to rig the elections, while money was used in huge amount by BJD to influence the voters across the state,” BJP leader Bijoy Mohapatra, Dharmendra Pradhan and B B Harichandan alleged at a press conference in Bhubaneshwar.
Mohapatra said he and Pradhan met state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Alka Panda on Sunday and drew her attention to the matter, while a formal complaint about attempted rigging and booth capturing would be lodged with the EC.
“The commission should hold a thorough investigation into the matter and take appropriate action,” they said adding effective measures must be taken for proper security at strong rooms, where Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) were kept till counting of votes.
Alleging that proper security was absent in strong rooms, Mohapatra, who contested from Patkura assembly segment in Kendrapara, demanded immediate steps to take away about 6,000 extra EVMs from the state to prevent possible misuse.