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BJD filed a petition with Chief Electoral Officer alleging petrol pumps and gas agencies are used as cash hoardings

Bhubaneswar:14/3/19: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Thursday filed a petition with Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Surendra Kumar alleging that petrol pumps and gas agencies in Odisha are used as cash hoarding and distribution points for the 2019 elections under the instruction of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

A delegation of BJD comprising Debasis Samantaray, Puspendra Singh Deo, Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo, Umakanta Samantray, Pranab Balabantray and Sasmit Patra met the CEO and demanded strict action against such illegal activities.

“During the Bijepur by-elections in Odisha, huge amount of cash was seized from petrol pump owners and their managers. This highlighted the rampant misuse of petrol pumps and potentially gas agencies as cash hoarding points and distribution points during the election,” the BJD stated in the petition.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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