Bhubaneswar: Close on the heels of a lookout circular slapped against absconding Om Prakash Mishra, BJP’s Satyabadi MLA candidate accused of attacking a Presiding Officer and damaging EVM machines, BJD today raised question on his alleged abetter of such a crime as well as helping him to flee from Odisha.
Convening a press conference here today, BJD questioned, “Where is Om Prakash Mishra? A lookout notice has been issued against Om Prakash Mishra after he is absconding. Who has helped the BJP MLA candidate Om Prakash Mishra to flee from Odisha? Who booked his tickets? Is it the same important person who had helped the killers of Councillor Laxmidatt to flee from Odisha and given them shelter in a Uttarakhand Guest House?”
BJD alleged, “During the third phase of polling, the manner in which the BJP, its leaders and party cadre went about doing violence is unprecedented in the history of Odisha politics. In Satyabadi assembly constituency, the BJP MLA candidate Om Prakash Mishra destroyed EVMs as well as threatened and intimidated polling officials is extremely unfortunate.”
The party further alleged, “This violence was preceded in the 2nd phase polling by BJP MLA candidate Nilamani Bisoyi from Sorada who attacked and destroyed the EVM in his constituency. He has 28 criminal cases against him which includes 3 each for murder and attempt to murder. Such people are the candidates for the BJP and naturally the BJP wants to use such people for furthering their political violence in Odisha.”
“Odisha as a peaceful State and especially its peaceful political culture has been admired by people across the country. People of Odisha are shocked with the depths of political violence and electoral violence that have wreaked havoc in Odisha,” fumed BJD.
Notably, the incident has taken place at booth 78 of Birakesarpur under Satyabadi assembly constituency under Puri Lok Sabha seat in which two persons have been arrested while the cops have issued a lookout circular against prime accused Om Prakash Mishra.
On the contrary, no counter reactions of BJP were available with OMMCOM NEWS till the filing of this news.