The Election Commission on Friday ordered postponement of elections to the Rajrajeshwari Nagar assembly seat in Karnataka saying there is “definite inference” to suggest that efforts were made to induce voters. Polling in the constituency will now be held on May 28 now and counting will be on May 31.
The decision comes days after nearly 10,000 voter identity cards were recovered from a flat in the constituency, leading to a slugfest between the BJP and the Congress.
Earlier in the day, a Congress delegation led by senior party leaders Kapil Sibal, Randeep Surjewala and others petitioned the Election Commission demanding that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate B Sriramulu be disqualified from contesting the Karnataka assembly elections over a video allegedly showing him trying to a bribe a former chief justice of India’s relative.
The Congress late on Thursday released two videos dating back to 2010 when Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders B Sriramulu and G Janardhana Reddy were purportedly involved in negotiating a bribe with a relative of a former Chief Justice of India, allegedly to influence a verdict in a mining case. State working president Dinesh Gundu Rao and Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy released the videos at the Karnataka Congress office after it appeared on a local channel. State electoral authorities, later, directed channels not to air the videos and issued notices.