Dutee Chand lands in trouble for election campaigning


Bhubaneswar: Ace sprinter Dutee Chand has courted controversy for allegedly campaigning for Achyuta Samanta, BJD’s candidate from Kandhamal Lok Sabha constituency.

Dutee is the ambassador of the Election Commission of India (ECI) to encourage the voters’ participation in the democratic system.

A complaint against her has been filed with the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO). It accused Dutee of using social media to campaign for Samanta.

CEO Surendra Kumar said being an ambassador of the ECI, involvement in campaigning for poll candidates is unhealthy.

The matter in being investigated and her social media account will be verified. The Election Commission will only make its stand clear after the probe is over, he added.