Fake ID cards row: Congress, BJP indulge in blame game

HD Kumaraswamy

HD Kumaraswamy

A massive controversy has rocked Karnataka after almost 10,000 "fake" voter ID cards were seized from a flat in Rajrajeshwari Assembly seat, prompting the BJP to demand countermanding of the election claiming Congress was behind the racket, a charge dismissed by the latter as a "lie".

Alleging that the BJP-led NDA government did not fulfil election promises, Kharge listed various schemes and welfare programmes of the Siddaramaiah government in Karnataka. While Kumar said that strict actions will be taken against those who are found guilty, the focus shifted to the owner of the house - Manjula Nanjamari.

Barely a day before the feverish campaigning in Karnataka is to conclude and ahead of the Saturday poll, a major row has erupted over seizure of over 10,000 fake voter ID cards in a flat in Bengaluru.

Charging the BJP with trying to weaken institutions, including the judiciary, Kharge said people would be happy if such a party is defeated at the hustings. "This is the philosophy of the Congress....if voters do not vote for you, create fake voters", he said while claiming that a "fake voter ID printing factory" was being run in Manjula's flat.

Earlier today, the Election Commission officials also seized printers from the same flat. The flat, he said, belonged to a BJP worker. The BJP had yesterday alleged that she has left the BJP six years ago and joined the Congress.

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He also said that he did not know why Prakash Javadekar lied about this fact. He also said the colour in the counterfoil appeared unusual.

Lashing out at the Congress for making tall claims and false premises, Gowda said the Congress was now concentrating more in North Karnataka as it feared that the JD (S) was making deep inroads into its bastion. "Particularly the weaker sections, minorities and poorer sections, they feel insecure under the BJP and RSS-supported government", the leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha alleged.

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. "The BJP people who raided a flat, belongs to a BJP leader and the tenant is also a BJP worker", Randeep Singh Surjewala said.

On the other hand, the Congress has accused the BJP of enacting a "drama".

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