Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Finance | By Jaime Brady

10k fake voter IDs in K'taka trigger mud-slinging

10k fake voter IDs in K'taka trigger mud-slinging

A day after 9,746 voter ID cards were seized from a flat in Rajarajeshwari Nagar Assembly constituency in Karnataka, the BJP on Wednesday accused the Congress of hatching a conspiracy to "derail" free and fare polls and demanded that voting be postponed in the assembly segment in Bengaluru Urban district. They just want to blame BJP without any substance.

"BJP enacted this drama in an apartment belonging to their own leader, Manjula Nanjamari".

The Bharatiya Janata Party claimed Manjula Nanjamuri left the saffron party six years ago and is now affiliated with the Congress, ANI reported. Speaking to TV channels, Manjula confessed that she was not active in the BJP but said she is identified with the party.

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.

"This is the philosophy of the Congress.if voters do not vote for you, create fake voters", he said, claiming a "fake voter ID printing factory" was being run in Manjula's flat.

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According to ANI These EPICS found to be genuine, belonged to people from the slums.Chief Electoral Officer further said that five laptops and a printer were also found in the place, and An FIR has been lodged and an independent inquiry has been ordered. The flat, he said, belonged to a BJP worker. He also said Manjula was once associated with the BJP but was now with the Congress, and demanded her immediate arrest. "I don't know why Prakash Javadekar said that but my mother, Rakesh and I are BJP workers", he said. He also said the colour in the counterfoil appeared unusual.

A BJP delegation of Union Ministers Smriti Irani, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, JP Nadda and Dharmendra Pradhan met the Election Commission officials at 6 pm on Wednesday, stating that the Congress was indulging in malpractices.

Congress state minority cell chief Ahmed Syed however is counting on the many benefits and schemes that the community has received from the existing government and is confident of the support it might receive during the election. The Congress leader also informed that the party delegation met Election Commission and submitted a detailed memorandum about malpractices by BJP.

In a twist to the case of almost 10,000 voter id cards found in a flat located in the Rajarajeshwari Nagar, a photograph of alleged flat tenant Rakesh, who is son of a former BJP corporator has gone viral, raising suspicions of the role of BJP leaders in the case.

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