State

BJD claims news channel airing paid news, moves CEO against it

Bhubaneswar: The ruling BJD today moved Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) and complained against a regional private news channel alleging that the channel is airing paid news in favour of BJP and its candidates for Bijepur Assembly by-poll.

BJD leaders Pratap Deb and Surya Narayan Patro met the CEO Surendra Kumar and made complaint against a regional Odia news channel owned by family of Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda, who was recently suspended from the BJD for his anti party activities.

They alleged the News channel is airing news favouring BJP candidate Ashok Panigrahi to win the by-poll to Bijepur Assembly constituency scheduled on Feb 24.

The news channel is broadcasting the news items, breaking news, panel discussions, debates and special programmes relating to Bijepur by-poll promoting BJP and its candidate Ashok Panigrahi, they added.

The BJD demanded the CEO to intervene and take strict action against the channel to ensure a level of playing ground for all other candidates in the by-poll as the Election Commission of India has clearly set expenditure limits for every contesting candidate.

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