A rented apartment in North Bengaluru’s RR Nagar in Karnataka was the place where approximately 10,000 voter ID cards were found on Tuesday night. Following the incident an investigation has already been started by the Election Commission of India.
The owner of the apartment is reported to be one Rakesh where 9,746 voter IDs and two trunks full of ‘counter papers’ were found. The incident unfolded late on Tuesday night. The IDs “appear to belong to slum-dwellers of the area”, said the Karnataka’s Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar at press conference.
District electoral officer and three observers, are in charge of the investigation. EC found over one lakh chits that “looked like counter foils of elections” but all do not appear to be genuine, said Kumar. He also said that the investigation will definitely bring out the main culprit.
After this incident the two big parties in Indian politics have started a blame game. BJP claimed that the apartment belonged to a Congress politician. Denying all such allegations, Congress counter attacked the BJP and claimed that the apartment is supposed to belong to a BJP leader and added that BJP’s “lies have been exposed.”
Highlighting the seriousness of the matter, the chief electoral officer further said that the number of voters in RR Nagar is “quite high” compared to the state average. “There are 4, 35, 439 voters in main rolls of RR Nagar. This poll has seen a rise of 44, 837,” he said.
He said that this was a serious issue. Recovery of 10,000 voter IDs is not a matter of joke. Sajiv Kumar reiterated that the EC will comment on the incident only after the completion of the investigation ordered by it.
The EC has however clearly said that the owner of the apartment is a Congress politician named Manjula Nanjamari, who rented the flat to her son Rakesh. On the other hand, Rakesh had been given a ticket for fighting in the BBMP elections in 2015 by the BJP.
Holding out a picture, Congress Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said at a press conference that the BJP MLA candidate Muniraj Gowda could be seen alongside the BJP leader Rakesh. He said that this evidence clears the picture and exposes the lies of the BJP.
Attacking the central minister and BJP leader Prakash Javdekar, he said: “Union Minister Prakash Javdekar must resign for his involvement in this conspiracy and trying to subvert democracy. The entire BJP Leadership stands totally exposed in front of the people of Karnataka”.
In its counter attack on the Congress, the BJP said that it was Congress’s “conspiracy” to portray Nanjamari and Rakesh as mother and son, and that the relationship was not mentioned by the EC, said the Union minister D V Sadanand Gowda.
The former prime minister and the JD(S) chief H.D Deve Godwa visited the place where the IDs were found. He called on the chief electoral officer to take “suitable action”.
On the other hand, Union parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar demanded that the election of RR Nagar seat should be postponed.
(Adapted from News18.com)