- BJD leader Anant Narayan Jena is a former Mayor of Bhubaneswar and was attacked in Jharpada
- BJP’s Jagannath Pradhan was attacked for the third time
- BJD alleged that the attack on the BJP leader was staged by his own partymen
Anant Narayan Jena, who is also a former Mayor of Bhubaneswar, was attacked in Jharpada. He has sustained minor injuries and has been admitted to a hospital.
Meanwhile, BJP leader and Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan met Election Commission officials in Bhubaneswar demanding an investigation on the attack on Jagannath Pradhan.
“Violence in Odisha is increasing day by day. Today, BJP MLA candidate from Bhubaneswar Central, Jagannath Pradhan was attacked for the third time. A bomb was hurled at his car. We met EC officials and demanded that an investigation should be ordered,” the Union minister said.
BJD, however, alleged that the attack on the BJP leader was staged by his own partymen. In a letter to the Chief Electoral Officer, BJD leaders have demanded a lie detector test and a narco-analysis of Dharmendra Pradhan and others to bring out the truth.BJD supremo Naveen Pattnaik visited to hospital where Anant Jena treated.
Polls for 21 Lok Sabha and 147 Assembly seats in Odisha have been scheduled to be held in four phases.
The first two phases were held on April 11 and April 18. The remaining two phases will be held on April 23 and 29. The results will be announced on May 23.