The State BJP today knocked the door of the State Election Commission to protest the purported change in the rule over election of Zilla Parishad Chairman posts.
It alleged that the change is aimed more at keeping under check the elected BJD representatives due to intra-party squabbles within the ruling BJD than bring in transparency in the election process as claimed by the government.
He said the hurry of the State government in amending the Odisha Zilla Parishad Election Act 1994 has brought to the fore the intra-party squabbles in the ruling party.
“If the Government was so serious why did it not amend the Act after the 2002,2007, and 2012 panchayat polls,” asked BJP Spokesperson, Sajjan Sharma after senior party leader Sameer Mohanty led a delegation to the SEC to handover a memorandum earlier in the day.
Mr.Sharma also criticized the notification in this regard yesterday which specified that representatives of different parties will be present during the open ballot election of Zilla Parishad Chairmen instead of the secret ballot system followed in earlier elections.
“This move of the ruling party is mainly due to its apprehension about possible defeat in election of Chairmen,” Mr.Sharma pointed out.