Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Fake voter ID: JD(S) urges EC to ensure fair K'taka polls

Fake voter ID: JD(S) urges EC to ensure fair K'taka polls

Javadekar said thousands of fake cards with hologram, lamination machines, and computers were seized by police after BJP workers informed it about the racket, and demanded a thorough forensic inquiry.

A day after the recovery of thousands of voter ID cards at an apartment in Bengaluru, the Congress on Wednesday accused the BJP of indulging in malpractices to influence voters in the state.

EC Seizes 10,000 Voters ID's are Seized at Bengaluru Apartment: - Well, as you all may know that three days are only left for Karnataka Assembly elections and a big controversy took place today.

The Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday continued to attack each other over the seizure of almost 10,000 voter IDs from a flat in the Rajarajeshwari Nagar Assembly seat of west Bengaluru. According to reports, about 10,000 voter IDs and one lakh counterfoils were found in a flat owned by a BJP leader Manjula Nanjamuri.

While some TV news channels claimed Rakesh was Manjula's son, and others said she was his adoptive mother, the women at the centre of the controversy insisted they were relatives but had "no contact". Karnataka's Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar said two trunk-loads of counterfoil strips, which appeared to be acknowledgement slips from the form used to add names of voters, were also found.

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However, Manjula's son, Sridhar Nanjamari, on Wednesday rebuffed such allegations and told reporters he was the only son of Manjula Nanjamuri. The spokesman of the Congress party Randeep Singh Surjewala alleged that the flat where the voter IDs were found belonged to a BJP leader.

BJP was also quick to act and put the blame on Congress. BJP leader and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said "Congress is losing public support and they are trying hard to rig the upcoming elections in Karnataka by undemocratic ways".

When asked whether Rakesh was her son or adopted son, she said he was a nephew and that they had "no contact due to strain in family ties". She has rented the apartment to her son who contested the 2015 BBMP Elections on a BJP ticket. In press conferences and tweets that went on past midnight, the BJP alleged that the apartment was linked to a lawmaker of the state's ruling Congress.

Five laptops and a printer were also discovered from the apartment. "So, we demand countermanding of polls in Raj Rajeshwari Nagar constituency".

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