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Cross-voting: 4 MLAs offer to take narco test

Karnataka but Cong panel blames state chief,CLP leader,AICC in-charge

Written by D K Singh | New Delhi | Published: July 8, 2012 3:03:30 am

Desperate to prove their innocence and absolve themselves of any blame for the defeat of a party candidate in the recent Legislative Council elections in Karnataka,four Congress MLAs offered to go through “narco analysis or brain mapping” to establish “truth and their credibility” in the party.

The fact-finding committee,set up by the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC),however,rejected their “request” and went on to fix responsibility for the defeat on the PCC chief,the CLP leader and AICC general secretary in-charge of the state.

The six-member committee,headed by former Legislative Council chairman V R Sudarshan,had been constituted to “inquire into cross voting” that had taken place in the biennial elections to the Karnataka Legislative Council on June 11. The Congress’s fourth candidate in the election,Iqbal Ahmed Saradagi,had lost reportedly due to cross voting in favour of an Independent candidate supported by JD(S) and Independent MLAs.

Congress MLA Vasant Bangera,former chief whip,claimed he had voted for one of the party candidates,as allotted. “Since he had informed that following ill-health,he is unable to appear before the committee and explain his conduct,V R Sudarshan and H D Amarnathan went to the legislator’s home,Room No 197,where he was not available,” observed

the committee whose report was obtained by The Sunday Express.

Another MLA,Rudresh Gowda,“who suffers from rheumatism was given assistance by ex-minister Anjanamurthy to cast his vote”. “Gowda claims that the votes were cast by Anjanamurthy and he merely deposited the ballot papers in the ballot box and he is not aware of his vote cast in whose favour…. The committee feels that Anjanamurthy,instead of helping Rudresh Gowda to cast his vote properly,caused it to become invalid.”

As per the “findings” of the committee,AICC general secretary in-charge of Karnataka Madhusudan Mistry,KPCC chief G Parameshwar,and CLP leader Siddaramaiah have “greater political and moral responsibility in the whole affair”.

“Though the committee appreciates the party MLAs’ (Kakasaheb Patil,Hampaiah Naik,Raja Rayappa Naik and gopal Bhandari) suggestion for narco analysis or brain mapping in order to establish their honest intentions and eagerness to prove their credibility,in view of the stature of the legislature,the committee feels it is not advisable to subject every MLA to narco analysis or brain mapping,” stated the report. The panel said no efforts were made to convince the Independent candidate not to file his nomination papers “since he was an aspirant for Congress party ticket”.

The committee recommended that Iqbal Ahmed Saradagi’s defeat “sent a wrong message to loyal party workers in general and minority community,in particular”.

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