Fake voter ID row: Congress, BJP blames each other

South India

BANGALORE: Amidst the row over recovery of fake voter IDs from a flat in Raj Rajeshwari Nagar constituency of Karanataka, BJP leader and owner of the flat Manjula Nanjamari's son rebuffed allegations that he was the tenant of the flat.

For the unversed, 9,746 voter ID cards were found from a flat in SLV Park View Apartment in Bengaluru's Jalahalli locality, and the Election Commission's revelation of the same at midnight was followed by political sparring, as both BJP and Congress alleged the other's links with the concerned flat.

While BJP leader and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar accused the Congress of attempting to rig the elections, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alleged that Nanjamuri rented her own flat to his son Rakesh, who contested corporation election on a BJP ticket in 2015.

In a series of tweets, BJP’s Sadanand Gowda alleged that Congress candidate from Rajarajeshwari Nagara, Munirathna Naidu, is behind this. Hitting back, the Congress held a press conference to ‘prove’ that the person was actually a BJP corporator.

The Congress convened a special press conference early Wednesday morning to counter BJP allegations. Party spokesperson RS Surjewala said the BJP was seeking attention by levelling charges. He said, “The BJP is doing midnight drama as if the Congress has something to do in the recovery of these 9,476 voter ID cards…Who is Manjula Nanjamuri (owner of the flat No. 115)? She is a BJP leader & ex-corporator.

Who did she rent this house to? To Rakesh, who is Manjula’s son. He contested the corporation election on a BJP ticket in 2015 & lost to the Congress.” The Karnataka unit of the party also, through a series of tweets, played out the press conference while insisting that the flat belonged to a former BJP corporator who had rented it out to her son, also a BJP worker.

"I am the only son of Manjula Nanjamari. Rakesh is my mother's nephew's son and he has got no connections with the flat in Park View apartment, as is what claimed in media," Sridhar said, and added that the flat has been rented to Rangaraju who pays rent for it every month.

On Wednesday, the Election Commission officials seized printers from the flat.

The BJP also demanded cancelling the polling in Raj Rajeshwari Nagar constituency where assembly elections are due on May 12 along with the rest of the state.

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