The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) spokesperson Amar Patnaik on Monday questions over the four-phase election in Odisha. Mr. Patnaik alleged that the four-phase election in Odisha has been scheduled in the advantage of the BJP since it faces “bleak” electoral prospects in the state.
The BJD spokesperson also alleged that the states comprising more number of seats has been announced single-phase polling while Odisha Assembly election is scheduled with four-phase by the influence of the BJP.
However, the leader has accepted the election schedule. Few states such as- Andhra Pradesh (25 LS seats) and Gujarat (26 LS seats) will be having single phase polling while Odisha with 21 LS constituencies will have polling in four phases.
“Therefore, it appears that the election schedule has been prepared to suit the BJP. In states such as Odisha, where BJP’s poll prospects are bleak, multiple phases of elections have been scheduled,” Mr. Patnaik said.
He claims that he could find no logic behind this decision and also states that the Maoist problem has also come to an end in the state.
“I welcome Election Commission of India’s announcement for elections to #Odisha Assembly & Lok Sabha to be held on 11, 18, 23 & 29 April. Pleased to pledge wholehearted support for the electoral process that is the foundation of our democracy. #LokSabhaElections2019,” Mr. Patnaik had tweeted.
BJP Spokesperson Golak Mohapatra has replied Amar Patnaik saying that the four-phase elections will not cause any problem to anybody and dismissed all the allegations.
Mr. Mohapatra accused the BJD saying, “Since the BJD fears defeat this time, the party is raising the issue.”
Meanwhile, both the BJP and BJD accused each other of breaking the model of code conduct.

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