Bhubaneshwar, Jan 27: Odisha’s ruling Biju Janata Dal which recently suspended Baijayant J Panda from the party for “anti-party activities”, has demanded his resignation from the Lok Sabha.
The BJD had accused him of lying in his election affidavit.
However, Panda denied the charges saying “Absolutely not. It’s absolutely untrue and a mean minded attempt to malign me as well as distract attention from serious law and order issues in Odisha. Anyone who makes such allegations about my election affidavit is welcome to take the issue up with the EC or in court,” the Indian Express quoted.
The party has alleged that in his election affidavit for the 2014 elections, Panda did not disclose he was the vice-chairman of Indian Metals and Ferro Alloys Limited, a mining company, and was drawing a salary from there.
“The fact that he is a paid employee and working as vice-chairman in IMFA has been concealed by Shri Panda in the affidavit dated 21st March 2014 filed as part of his nomination papers for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections,” a statement signed by BJD vice-president Bed Prakash Agrawal stated.
Panda was elected to Lok Sabha in 2009 and 2014. He had been a Rajya Sabha member from 2000 to 2009.