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. "Apartment was not raided by police or EC but by BJP workers", said Congress's Randeep Singh Surjewala. I am the only son of Manjula Nanjamari.
BJP has denied any links with Manjula as Javadekar told the media that Manjula Nanjamur left BJP six years ago and alleged that she was a Congress member now.
On Tuesday, the Election Commission said that the house belonged to a woman named Manjula, who had rented it out to her relative Rakesh.
"It was earlier suggested that somebody was trying to break into our (computer) system to prepare fake ID cards. that is not so", Kumar said, adding it was for the Election Commission to take a decision on countermanding the election. Manjula is my aunt, " said Rakesh, whistleblower.
The Congress, on the other hand, said that the BJP was behind the fake voter IDs. "Rakesh is my mother's nephew's son and he has got no connections with the flat in Park View apartment, as is claimed in media", Sridhar said and added that the flat has been rented to Rangaraju who pays rent for it every month. So, she (Manjula) should also be arrested.
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The state's chief election officer confirmed the recovery of the voter ID cards from a flat in Rajarajeshwari Nagar constituency but the commission is waiting for a formal report on the issue.
"The BJP worker Rakesh exposed this racket". He said that the colour in the counterfoil appeared unusual and that an inquiry was on.
A BJP delegation, which included union ministers J P Nadda, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Smriti Irani, S S Ahluwalia, Dharmendra Pradhan and the party spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi, told the Commission that scrapping the poll in the constituency was necessary to "reinstate people's faith" in the electoral process, Irani told reporters.
Congress has not fielded its candidate and supporting Darshan. Engaged in a raging war of words, the BJP alleged that Congress was behind the racket, but the ruling party in the state rejected the charge as a "lie". The Congress hit back accusing the BJP of enacting drama of raiding an apartment owned by a local BJP leader and planting "fake evidence".