Bhubaneswar, Feb 9
The Election Commission of India (ECI) today cleared the names of IAS officer Yamini Sarangi as the new Collector and Jay Narayan Pankaj as the SP of Bargarh district.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had approached the Chief Election Commissioner seeking transfer of existing officials ahead of the by-poll in Bijepur assembly constituency in the district.
The ECI also appointed two observers in the constituency for the by-election. Senior IAS officer Abhishek Chandra has been appointed as General Observer while Sunil Kumar Yadav is the Expenditure Observer, a communication from the State’s Chief Electoral Office said.
Meanwhile, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today approached the Election Commission of India (ECI) to include the expenses incurred by BJP leaders campaigning in Bijepur in the BJP candidates’ expenditure. BJD MPs Bhartruhari Mahtab, Pinaki Mishra and Rabindra Jena met Election Commissioner of India to forward this demand citing election rules.
On the other hand, BJP has approached the State’s Chief Electoral Officer to lodge complaint against Minister Snehangini Chhuria who it alleged used official vehicle for election campaign in Bijepur. Party’s leader Sameer Mohanty said it amounts to violation of model code of conduct.