Campaigning for Assembly elections in Karnataka will end this evening. The state will go to polls on Saturday to elect a new assembly. Out of 224 constituencies, voting will take place for 223 seats.
Polling in Jayanagar assembly constituency has been countermanded following the death of BJP candidate BN Vijay Kumar. Counting of votes will be taken up on the 15th of this month. A total of 2655 candidates, including 219 women are in the poll fray for the Saturday’s polls.
Political parties will hold multiple rallies and roadshows today in their last ditch efforts to woo the voters.
BJP President Amit Shah and the party’s chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa will participate in a roadshow in chief minister Siddaramaiah’s Badami constituency today. Congress President Rahul Gandhi will address a press conference in Bengaluru today.
Meanwhile, BJP President Amit Shah has appealed all democracy loving Indians to rise to the occasion and speak up against what he called fraudulent and anti-democratic means adopted by the Congress just for the sake of power. In a statement issued last night, Mr Shah said Congress is now using fake voter IDs to create fictitious voters and rig Karnataka assembly elections.
As per information received, the issue of EPIC cards aand voters application acknowledgement receipt discovered in an apartment in Bengaluru is looked into by the election commission. The Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar has informed that the total number of 9,896 EPIC cards and voter application acknowledgement receipts were found.
Also detailed survey formats with family number names, electricity meter numbers, mobile details, caste, voter ID, Aadhar ID, Widow ID, Old age ID, BPL card details along with photographs of the houses were found from the spot.
BJP national spokesperson, Dr. Sambit Patra has said that multiple evidences have emerged clearly establishing the Congress link to fake voter ID scam.
In connection with the fake ID case, Dr. Patra said, the Jalahalli Police have arrested Congress Corporator representing Yeshwanthpur ward, G. K. Venkatesh, and Nataraj, who is another close associate of Congress MLA Muniratna Naidu.