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BJD Admits of Rs 45 lakh Financial Transaction

BHUBANESWAR: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Friday admitted having given Rs 45 lakh from its SBI account in 2014. It, however, denied that the money was transferred to Sabyasachi Panda as alleged by former union minister Braja Kishore Tripathy.

In a hurriedly organised press meet, three BJD leaders Debi Prasad Mishra, Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak and Sameer Das said Rs 45 lakh was transferred through bank cheque from BJD’s A/C no 10091755246 to eight party candidates during general elections in 2014.

Update Odisha gathered a document bearing the following mentions.

Funds transferred to candidates from BJD

Name of the Constituency Name of Candidate Amount Paid
Sundergarh P.C Dr. Dillip Tirkey ₹750,000.00
Keonjhar P.C Smt. Sakuntala Laguri ₹500,000.00
Sambalpur P.C Shri Nagendra Pradhan ₹500,000.00
Nabarangpur P.C Shri Balabhadra Majhi ₹750,000.00
Baliguda A.C Shri Rajiv Patra ₹500,000.00
Rairongpur A.C Shri Saiba Susil Hansda ₹500,000.00
Pottangi A.C Shri Prafulla Kumar Pangi ₹500,000.00
Dabugaon A.C Shri Motiram Naik ₹500,000.00

The money was transferred through cheque bearing number 441630 on 10 April 2014.

While Dilip Tirkey and Balabhadra Majhi received Rs 7.5 lakh each, Prafulla Pangi, Sakuntala Laguri and Nagendra Pradhan received 5 lakh each. Besides, Rajiv Patra, Saiba Susil Hansda, and Motiram Naik received 5 lakh each.

Stating that Braja Tripathy has misled the people of the state, the BJD demanded an unconditional apology from the former union minister.