Congress leaders from Karnataka have accused the BJP of printing and circulating over 15 lakh ‘fake’ voter ID cards into the State with a view to manipulate the voting process.
The fake ID cards are printed in Maharashtra and have been brought into Karnataka over the last 2-3 weeks, to ensure ‘fake’ voting for BJP candidates, Congress leaders alleged. This allegation comes even as authorities seized nearly 10,000 fake voter ID cards from a flat in Rajarajeshwari Nagar Assembly constituency in Karnataka on Monday.
Congress leaders from Karnataka who spoke to IndiaScoops.com claimed that along with fake VOTER ID CARDS, Kannada and Konkani speaking people who are now domiciled in Maharashtra and Goa and having voting rights and cards of constituencies in different pockets of Maharashtra and Goa, are being brought into Karnataka on the sly over the last one month. They are being paid Rs 3000 to Rs 5000 to come to Karnataka, stay in the State for 10-15 days and cast their vote for the BJP. Fake election voter ID cards are being provided to them, a senior Congress leader alleged.
Meanwhile, a massive controversy rocked Karnataka after nearly 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”. With just three days left before Karnataka goes to poll, the BJP and Congress, the two main contenders for power, went after each other’s jugular, each claiming the flat belonged to a woman associated with the rival party. Addressing a press conference, Union minister Prakash Javadekar claimed Congress candidate and sitting MLA Munirathna Naidu was behind the alleged racket, which was exposed by BJP worker Rakesh.
Congress spokesman Rajdeep Singh Surjawala hit right back, alleging that the flat owner Manjula Nanjamari and Rakesh had BJP connections and both contested Bengaluru Municipal Corporation elections on the tickets of the saffron party.
Karnataka’s Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar had called a press conference last midnight where he said besides the cards, form 6A (application for inclusion of name in electoral roll by an overseas elector) with counterfoils were found. He said that the colour in the counterfoil appeared unusual, and that an inquiry was on. 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.