Congress moves Election Commission over bribery video involving Karnataka BJP leader

The Election Commission officials seized Rs 50,000 cash which was being distributed near polling booth in Ramanagara Assembly constituency of Karntaaka.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Friday postponed the assembly elections scheduled for Saturday May 12 in Rajarajeswari Nagar seat.

While the EC deserves kudos for efficient management of elections, reports from across the state indicate that there has been no let-up or hindrance in the bribing of voters through distribution of money, liquor and other costly goodies, which mostly happens at night in the cover of darkness or through trusted agents of political parties and their candidates.

Nearly five crore citizens of Karnataka will visit polling booths to exercise their franchise to elect their representatives to the state assembly on Saturday.

Expressing displeasure at EC's move to ban channels from airing the video, the Congress said, "Surprisingly, ECl/CEO Karnataka has proceeded to grant an injunction banning the Kannada Television Channels from playing the tapes instead of taking action against B Sriramulu".

"That is the reason why Baba Saheb had to face defeat and insult". Sonia Gandhi, who had collapsed during an election campaign at Varanasi, was out of campaigning for more than two years.

"The developments in the last three days have sent a shock wave across India among those who are concerned about strengthening democracy". This prompted the Congress to target at the saffron party.Chief electoral officer Sanjeev Kumar informed in a press conference here, "It is very serious issue that the ECI is looking into".

The Janata Dal (Secular) is looking to establish itself once again in Karnataka politics and is expected to give a tough fight to both the BJP and the Congress.

The party alleged that just one day before the then CJI retired, he passed an order in a case related to Reddy brothers' Oblapuram Mining Company. "All hot air and no substance", Mr Siddaramaiah said on Monday, responding to Mr Modi's campaign blitz. Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi and PM Modi were seen trading charges in high-voltage campaigns. "Frankly it helps us", Gandhi said. "When he can't respond, he distracts", Mr Gandhi told reporters in Bengaluru after winding up his extensive tour of the poll-bound state. While different surveys predict different results, the results will be out on 15th May.

Around 4 crore 96 lakh voters will exercise their franchise in karnataka.

The Election Commission said that the voter turnout stood at 24 percent till 11 am across Karnataka.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, one of BJP's star campaigners, called out the Siddaramaiah Government for celebrating "Tipu Jayanti" while objecting to the installation of a statue of Chattrapati Sivaji Maharaj in the state.

Though Modi remained out of the electoral scene for a long time after addressing a public meeting in February, he launched a blitzkrieg on May 1, addressing over a score of rallies in his bid to wrest the key southern State, which BJP chief Amit Shah dubbed as the party's "gateway to south", from the Congress. Meanwhile, a BJP worker was arrested in Hebbal for "threatening voters not to vote before local BJP MLA Narayanaswamy cast his vote, delaying the voting by 10 minutes, according to News18". The attackers allegedly belonged to the Congress.

  • Salvatore Jensen