Gold politics: Hallmark pays criminally for assembly election campaign

By Subash Mohapatra

BHUBANESWAR: It is pleasure for him to spend money on foreign tours and luxurious parties with foreign girls abroad. But for his election campaign, he has not spent a single rupee. For him, city based jeweler Hallmark came forward to pay election expenses during his unsuccessful Odisha general assembly election. Its hallmark of new ledership in Coastal Odisha ! 

Hallmark Ornaments Private Limited has paid Rs 3.98L to one independent candidate Om Prakash Mishra for his election campaign in 2014. Om Prakash Mishra, who has unsuccessfully contested from Satyabadi assembly constituency from Puri, has received Rs. 3.98L from Hallmark. Mishra is the one of the share holders of the Hallmark Ornaments Private Limited who received the money for his election campaign.

Mishra has suppressed the fact whether the money he has received is gift, donation or loan etc. Further, he has received cash Rs. 98,000/- in two installments in cash which is contrary to the provision of law. The law limits a cash payment a maximum of Rs. 20,000/-

Surprisingly Mishra has not used his own money for his unsuccessful election campaign. He has spent Rs. 6.98L. He has received all the election expense money from his share holding private limited company and one Renubala Samantaray.

Mishra suppressed what is the reason for receiving Rs.3 lakh from one Renubala samantraray on which terms when Mishra is rich enough to manage his election expenses as per his wealth show affidavit.

As prescribed in law, the information is required to be provided, but Mishra has choosen to ignore by keeping the forms blank.

It is quite surprising the election monitoring authorities are keeping silent over the matter. They completed the scrutiny without taking any action against him.

Om Prakash Mishra started his political journey from Congress, fought election as independent candidate rebelling against party chief Prasad Harichandan. Mishra has joined Bharatiya Janata Party recently to set his political future confronting another dissident turned BJD MLA Umakant Samantray.

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