With little over a month to go for the Karnataka Assembly Elections, the BJP and the Congress have accused each other of violating the model code of conduct by giving money to woo voters.
In a video that surfaced from Mysuru on Thursday and reported by media, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah can be seen standing by his car, surrounded by a group of supporters. As people greet the CM, he takes out a wallet and allegedly hands out cash to two people.
BJPâ€™s Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar accused Siddaramaiah of being desperate, IT cell head Amit Malviya also claimed that the CM had landed himself in trouble.
Karnataka Chief Minister @Siddaramaiah has landed himself in big trouble after he was seen on video handing out money to the people during a visit to Mysuru... https://t.co/IpuovoOz2Z pic.twitter.com/A9lEroeZnHâ€” Amit Malviya (@malviyamit) March 30, 2018
When things get desperate - the desperate start distributing money !â€” Rajeev Chandrasekhar (@rajeev_mp) March 30, 2018
But it wont change voters views of @siddaramaiah n his cronies in Govt !#SiddaramaiahInAction#10PercentCM #KarnatakaElection2018 https://t.co/SK9Nq6VnB7
A source in the Congress, however, denied any knowledge about the video and claimed that Siddaramaiah was not carrying a wallet.
The Election Commission has reportedly said that it is looking into the incident.
Meanwhile, the ruling Congress has, in turn, accused BJP chief Amit Shah, state president Yeddyurappa and Union Minister Anant Kumar of giving Rs 5 lakh to the family of a deceased RSS worker Raju.
A delegation led by Syed Naseer Hussain, Rajya Sabha MP MN Suraj Hegde, and CMâ€™s legal adviser Brijesh Kalappa met with the Election Commission officials on Friday.
In their complaint to the Election Commission of India through Chief Electoral Officer of Karnataka they alleged, â€śThe aforementioned leaders handed over a cheque of Rs 5,00,000/- to the deceasedâ€™s family which is in gross violation of the Model Code of Conduct Para 1(4) read with Section 171B of the Indian Penal Code, 1860. Mr Amit Shah has visited the state and particularly Mysuru many times before but had never made an effort to visit the family. Thus, it is safe to presume in the light of the ensuing elections, the money was paid with an intent to woo the voters.
This is the second such complaint the Congress has filed with the EC against Amit Shah. The first complaint was in connection with the BJP Presidentâ€™s remark against Siddaramaiah, calling him â€śAhinduâ€ť.
Earlier this week, the Election Commission announced that Karnataka will go to polls on May 12, with counting scheduled for May 15. The single phase election will see a three-cornered battle between Congress, BJP and JD(S).