Bhubaneswar: A delegation of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Sunday moved the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) accusing the BJD of attacking some of its party workers in Sahajpur panchayat in Pipili.
The delegation led by BJP leader Nauri Nayak alleged that the police did not book the culprits in the poll-related violence.
“BJP workers Saroj Sethi and Laksmi Rekha Das were threatened and misbehaved by the BJD workers at Sahajpur panchayat during the campaign for Pipili bypoll,” Nayak said.
He also added, “We had also filed an FIR at Pipili police station. The cops had assured us to take action against the culprits but nothing has happened till now. We came to the CEO to raise the issue.”
The BJP leader alleged that the police have been siding with the BJD activists. “When we are making allegations against some persons indulged in illegal activities, the police are trying to protect the culprits,” he said.
“In many cases, the cops are favoring the BJD workers. We want a free and fair byelection in Pipli. Adequate steps must be taken to ensure smooth polling at each and every booth the Pipli Assembly segment,” he added.
The BJP leader said they will hold a dharna in front of the CEO office if the police fail to give justice to their workers.