Bhubaneswar: The State Election Commission (SEC) in order to take up the Congress Manifesto issue to a logical conclusion, has issued notices to both BJD and Congress for a hearing tomorrow to make their points on the issue.
Close on the heels of release of the manifesto on January 28, listing 14 ‘tainted’ Ministers and depicting the Chief Minister as “abjijukta” (accused) with “extremely offensive languages and pictorial images”, the ruling BJD strongly objected the document as a violation of the Model Code of Conduct and demanded the SEC to ban it.
The party had also demanded that the SEC issue a direction to the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee for withdrawal of the manifesto describing it as offensive.
The State Election Commission (SEC) on January 31 had served a show cause notice to Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Niranjan Patnaik over party’s manifesto.
Responding to the notice of the SEC for clarification on the BJD complaints on the manifesto, the Congress party had denied having made any violation of the Model Code of Conduct, saying that the corruption charges against Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and other ministers in its manifesto are old issues and that all these have already been published by newspapers.