Activist urges CEO to keep close watch on Naveen Niwas

Bhubaneswar: Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha has been urged to set up surveillance around BJD supremo and chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s official residence (Naveen Niwas), to verify rumors of huge amount of cash being transported in and out of the premises.

In a letter addressed to CEO Mona Sharma, Transparency International India member and RTI activist Biswajit Mohanty stated since there is a lot of talk about bundles of cash and cartoons of liquor being transported in 108 ambulances and even police vehicles in several parts of the state, so it is logical to doubt that the illegal money and liquor flow originates from the state capital.

He further sated that since Naveen Niwas is the official residence of the ruling party chief, so all vehicles going in and out of Naveen Niwas must be thoroughly checked along with independent videographer. A stringent measure by the Election Commission’s office can verify these allegations, and if the rumors are baseless, that too can be proved, Mohanty suggested.

He also demanded similar surveillance of all vehicles moving in and out of the premises of the residence of all ministers and party office bearers of the BJD both in the capital and at the districts.