Baijayant Panda violated model code of conduct: BJD

Bhubaneswar: The ruling party of Odisha Biju Janata Dal (BJD) met the chief electoral officer (CEO) of the state here on Wednesday and levelled charges of violation of model code of conduct against BJP’s Kendrapara Lok Sabha candidate Baijayant Panda.

“BJP leader Panda, who is also MP candidate for BJP from Kendrapara has been using helicopters owned by IMFA Company for his election campaign. However, it has come to our knowledge that these helicopters owned by IMFA Company do not have commercial charter which is mandated as per Election Commission guidelines. The higher question before the Election Commissions that how come a contesting MP candidate is able to fly helicopters owned by IMFA company of Odisha while these helicopters do not have a commercial charter,” a four-member delegation of BJD apprised the Odisha CEO in a memorandum.

“As per mandate, the IMFA Company helicopters need to have commercial charter and a person can hire those helicopters and if it is an election contesting candidate, he or she must also furnish the expenditure in his or her poll expenditure statement. However, in the absence of the commercial charter, both the IMFA company as well as BJP leader Baijayant Panda would be guilty of having violated Election Commission guidelines,” said BJD’s memorandum.

The delegation urged the CEO to look into the matter and take stringent action against Panda and IMFA for violating Election Commission guidelines.

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