Odisha: BJD writes to Poll Officer ahead of voting in Patkura; demands security deployment; flag march in sensitive booth

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Ahead of polling for Patkura Assembly polls, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Friday has written a letter to Chief Electoral Officer, Odisha, demanding deployment of security, web-casting, CCTVs, etc, in an enclosed sensitive booth in Patkura.

In a page letter to the Poll Office, Naveen Patnaik’s BJD stated that ‘The BJP is likely to capture booths, rigging and resort to violence to terrorize the voters.’ The party added that these kinds of things will negate free and fair polls.

The party, in the letter, demanded that to ensure flag march in the sensitive booths before the election day and the deployment of security, along with web-casting, CCTVs, in the assembly constituencies.

Polling for the Assembly Seat is slated for July 20 and the counting of votes will take place on July 24. And the campaigning came to halt on Thursday, July 18.

The Assembly Polls in Patkura seat was originally slated for April 29. However, it was deferred to May 19 in the wake of the death of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) candidate Bed Prakash Agarwalla. Later, the ECI postponed the election further for another 60 days in view of cyclone ‘Fani’ that hit the state on May 3.

For July 20 polls, BJP has named Bijoy Mohapatra who is pitted against Bed Prakask Agarwalla’s wife Savitri Agrawal and Jayant Mohanty of Congress.

BJD in the recently concluded state polls stormed back to power winning 112 seats, 5 less than what they had won in 2014 State polls. While BJP won 23, Congress 9 and one each bag by CPI-M and Independent Candidate. Odisha has a total of 147 Assembly seats.



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