The election campaign in Karnataka is now underway in the last phase. Meanwhile, political awakening has started with thousands of voter ID cards caught in the capital city of Bengaluru. The EC recovered 9,746 Voter ID cards here. In this case, the Election Commission has registered an FIR, while the investigation is still going on. On the other hand, there has been a ruckus in the BJP and the Congress for accusing each other about the issue. On this issue, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda will meet the Election Commission on Wednesday and will also hold press conferences.
What is the matter?
On Tuesday evening, there is a growing dispute over the large number of voter ID cards being recovered from a house in Jalahalli area of Bangalore. This area falls in Raj Rajeshwari constituency. On this matter, the Chief Election Officer of the Election Commission in Bangalore Sanjeev Kumar also held a press conference on Tuesday night.
According to him, Raj Rajeshwari has about 435,439 voters, it is 75.43 percent of the population there. Last time 28,825 names were added during the revision. After this, 19,012 names were added during the updation. During this time the name of 8,817 people was also removed.
Sanjeev Kumar told that he had himself visited this house and he had recovered 9,746 Voter ID cards here. They were tied and wrapped in small bundles. Phone numbers and names were written on every bundle.
BJP accuses Congress
After the matter came to light, political rhetoric also got sharpened. The BJP surrounded the Congress on this issue. On behalf of the BJP, it has been alleged that Congress candidate in Raj Rajeshwari has created 15 thousand Fake Voter ID cards. BJP Raj is demanding cancellation of election in Rajeshwari Nagar. There has also been a complaint in this regard from the BJP in the police. BJP’s Sadanand Gowda has alleged that in this case, the Congress candidate from Raj Rajeshwari Nagar, Muniratna Naidu is responsoble for fake voter id card incident.
The Democracy being attacked in Bengaluru . I am shocked at the incident . More than 20000 Voter ID cards found at private apartment . I visited the place personally . This mockery at behest of @INCIndia Rajarajeshwari Nagara Candidate Munirathna Naidu #congresscheatsdemocracy pic.twitter.com/fZHzgbcOio
— Sadananda Gowda (@DVSBJP) May 8, 2018
Congress overturns on BJP
The Congress also reversed the allegations of BJP. On Tuesday evening, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala called a press conference on this issue and said that BJP wants to draw attention to it by putting an allegation on Congress. Surjewala said that this Voter ID card has neither been recovered by the police nor did the Election Commission have recovered it from the BJP worker.
Surjewala alleged that the flat which got the Voter ID card belongs to Manjula Nanjamuri, who is a BJP leader. While the tenant living in the house, his son is Rakesh. Surjewala, while replying to BJP, said that in 2015, Rakesh had contested the corporation elections on BJP ticket but lost it.
What else got found from flat?
It was told at the press conference conducted by the Election Commission that there were five laptops and printers in the flat. Apart from this, 2 steel trunk was also present. The election officer claimed that the voter ID cards found there were genuine. In this case an FIR has been registered and the matter is under investigation.
Significantly, in Karnataka, voting will be held on May 12. The results will be announced on May 15 in the state. Devegowda’s party in the Opinion Pol is seen in the role of JDS King Maker. In INDIA TODAY’s poll, the Congress is likely to get between 90-101 seats and BJP 78 to 86 seats. JDS is likely to get 34-43 seats.