Money seized from BJP, Congress leaders residences in poll-bound Karnataka

Karnataka elections seem to crown the same king again

Karnataka's Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar earlier confirmed that almost 9,746 counterfeit voter ID cards, five laptops and one printer were found in a flat located in the Raja Rajeshwari Nagar constituency of Bengaluru, one of the 223 constituencies where voting will be held.

The Congress and the BJP on Wednesday accused each other of the racket.

The BJP also demanded to cancel the polling in Raj Rajeshwari Nagar constituency where assembly elections are due on May 12 along with the rest of the state.

"But we also found acknowledgements for another 6342 voters to be added to the list during the raid, which shows there was a deliberate attempt to influence voters, which is a serious offence", Mr Kumar added.

A massive controversy has rocked Karnataka after almost 10,000 "fake" voter ID cards were seized from a flat in Rajrajeshwari Assembly seat, prompting the BJP to demand countermanding of the election claiming Congress was behind the racket, a charge dismissed by the latter as a "lie". It is unclear at the moment whether the voter IDs were fake or genuine.

Addressing the press, Rakesh concurred with Sridhar Nanjamari's claim and said, "I have no connection with that flat, neither do I have any relation with that aunt (Manjula Nanjamari) for the last 10 years". The flat under question was given on rent to a woman named Rekha Ranjan and not Rakesh for office-cum-residence. Her brother Rangaraju was allegedly a close aide of Munirathna Naidu, the Congress candidate from Rajarajeshwari Nagara constituency.

When asked about the claim of flat owner Manjula Nanjamuri being a BJP worker, Patra flatly denied it and said she had no connection with the party. "If voters do not vote for you, create fake voters", Javadekar said.

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"Congress is losing public support and they are trying hard to rig the upcoming elections in Karnataka by undemocratic ways".

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala has alleged that the former BJP corporator Manjula Nanjamari was involved in the "scam". "The BJP's lies stand exposed". "I don't think people will let us down", he said.

Karnataka's Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar had called a press conference on Tuesday night where he had said that besides the cards, form 6A (application for inclusion of name in electoral roll by an overseas elector) with counterfoils were found.

Karnataka assembly poll is "very crucial" not only for the state's interest but also from the national perspective, he said.

He also said that he did not know why Prakash Javadekar lied about this fact.

Javadekar yesterday said Manjula has nothing to do with BJP.

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