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Karnataka bypolls: EC ‘mute spectator’ to BJP’s poll code violation, says Congress

"Administration has come to a complete standstill. This is causing great inconvenience to the public at large," the letter written by the Congress to Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala reads

Written by Ralph Alex Arakal | Belagavi, Bengaluru | Updated: November 28, 2019 4:26:56 pm
Karnataka bypoll results: Congress-JDS alliance wins 4 seats, BJP gets Shimoga The Congress alleges Karnataka CM Yediyurappa and other ministers in his cabinet of violating the Model Code of Conduct in the letter addressed to Governor Vajubhai Vala. (Representative Image)

Accusing the Election Commission of becoming a “mute spectator”, the Congress Karnataka unit Thursday requested the Governor to initiate action against Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, his three deputies, and other ministers for “violating the model code of conduct” for the December 5 bypolls to 15 Assembly seats.

In a three-page letter addressed to Governor Vajubhai Vala, the Congress said, “The Election Commission has become a mute spectator. Actions on violation of the Model Code of Conduct are not taken.”

The letter, which includes the list of in-charge ministers assigned by the ruling BJP across 15 constituencies, complain that they, including CM Yediyurappa, are neither available in Vidhana Soudha nor to the public in their official quarters. “Administration has come to a complete standstill. This is causing great inconvenience to the public at large,” the letter read.

Bye-elections were announced to 15 seats across seven districts of the state after they fell vacant following 17 Congress-JD(S) MLAs attracting disqualification for defection.

Read| Bypolls to 15 seats in Karnataka: All you need to know

The BJP has fielded disqualified Congress-JD(S) turncoats in 13 of these 15 constituencies, leading to heavy criticism by the opposition Congress and JD(S).

Earlier, both parties had accused CM Yediyurappa of violating the model code of conduct for seeking votes for BJP using caste identities and offering development funds and Cabinet posts to the candidates as an inducement.

Read| Karnataka bypolls: Congress, JD(S) accuse BSY of violating poll code

Dismiss Dy CM Govind Karjol: Congress

Accusing Karnataka deputy CM Govind M Karjol of “distributing cash” to voters in Athani constituency, the Congress has requested the Governor to dismiss him from holding the post in the state.

“This incident which has been widely telecast in electronic media in the state clearly indicates on video that he (Karjol) has distributed money to voters in Athani during a BJP rally, led by state party president Nalinkumar Kateel,” Prakash Rathod, a Congress MLC told indianexpress.com.

“The video indicates Karjol questioning the videographer for recording the incident, then directing him not to circulate the video,” Rathod adds.

In another incident, the Congress had accused Hoskote BJP candidate M T B Nagaraj of “distributing gold rings to voters to woo them and to vote in his favour.”

Will file defamation case against Siddaramaiah, Kumaraswamy: CM

Reacting to various statements made by Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Siddarmaiah and former CM H D Kumaraswamy, CM Yediyurappa said that he will file defamation suits against them soon.

“We have sourced copies of their speeches and statements made during campaigns trying to defame me. Defamation cases will be filed immediately against both Siddarmaiah and Kumaraswamy for making baseless allegations against me. Strict action against them will be sought legally,” Yediyurappa said.

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