Election Commission defers polls in RR Nagar, Congress calls it unfortunate

In April, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had attacked Karnataka-government led by Siddaramaiah, accusing it of turning India's Silicon Valley into "sin valley" and Bengaluru into "garbage city".

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal, after a party meeting with the election commission, told that election, where Sriramulu is contesting, should be countermanded.

While Congress tries to defy Karnataka's electoral history of voting out the incumbent and BJP banks on the same to wrest the state, the Janata Dal (Secular) is a wannabe kingmaker hoping for a hung verdict on May 15.

"Now, several videos have been released which show how bribe deals were done between CJI's son-in-law and Sriramulu/Reddy brothers", Karnataka Congress tweeted Rao's statement at a press conference.

Addressing BJP's SC/ST/OBC and Slum Morcha workers through his Namo App, Mr Modi said the Congress used "all its power" to defeat Ambedkar when he contested Lok Sabha election in 1952 and Bandara Lok Sabha by-election in 1953. Citing a video, the Congress in its letter to the EC said: "The evidence gives rise to serious questions and allegations about certain heinous and deplorable criminal activities being indulged in by the BJP's candidate Shri. There is no place for dalits and backward classes in the heart of the Congress", he said.

Expressing displeasure at EC's move to ban channels from airing the video, the Congress said, "Surprisingly, ECl/CEO Karnataka has proceeded to grant an injunction banning the Kannada Television Channels from playing the tapes instead of taking action against B Sriramulu".

BJP leader Janardhana Reddy is involved is a case involving Obulapuram Mining Company.

"The law and order situation is under control and the Election Commission is satisfied with it".

Sibal alleged that the BJP was spreading hatred among the voters of Karnataka "by putting up promos saying are you supporting nationalist forces or those which disintegrate India".

"If no action is taken, the whole election process will be vitiated".

Trilochan Sastri, one of the founding members of ADR, said, "No doubt we conduct the elections quite efficiently, but it is far from free and fair, as money and muscle power continue to dominate them". The Karnataka election results on Tuesday will be a weather vane ahead of more state elections later this year and the national polls.

  • Rogelio Becker