The Congress in Karnataka on Tuesday filed a complaint with the Election Commission against National Democratic Alliance’s presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu and others alleging violation of provisions of law in the July 18 elections. The Congress alleged that the ruling BJP in Karnataka bribed its MLAs and exerted undue influence on them on July 17 and 18. Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah and state Congress president DK Shivakumar alleged in their complaint that the voter MLAs (MLAs) were accommodated in a five-star hotel.
He alleged that NDA candidate (Murmu), Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, BJP state president Nalin Kumar Kateel, senior BJP leader BS Yediyurappa, BJP chief whip in the assembly Satheesh Reddy, ministers and other senior BJP leaders came together to form the BJP. All the MLAs were called to a five-star hotel here and on voting in the presidential election, the legislators were provided luxurious rooms, food, liquor, beverages, entertainment under the guise of training sessions.
Serious allegations against BJP
The leaders further said that on the morning of July 18, almost all the ministers, MLAs and other senior BJP leaders came from the hotel in an air-conditioned bus of Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation to Vidhana Soudha from the hotel. All these acts of BJP leaders are nothing but bribing voters or MLAs and exerting undue influence on Draupadi Murmu to enhance their chances of winning the elections, he alleged.
interference in the free exercise of rights
The complaint states that by these acts, the BJP leadership has interfered with the free exercise of electoral rights of the voters or MLAs and a huge amount was spent on them in a five-star hotel. The leaders appealed to the Election Commission to take cognizance of election offenses committed by NDA’s presidential candidates Draupadi Murmu, Bommai, Yediyurappa, Kateel and Reddy.