A case was booked against Muni Naga Reddy, Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) candidate from Sarvagnanagar Assembly constituency for violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) by using children for his campaign. Muni Naga Reddy was earlier in a row over transporting a massive Hanuman statue inside Bengaluru, that caused huge traffic jams and also led to roads being dug up for the moving of the statue.
The case was booked at Banaswadi Police Station after children were seen flanking the BJP candidate while campaigning in Sarvagnanagar on April 28. It was booked based on a complaint by Mallinath Malakapura, a BBMP official and officer of the Flying Squad, on Saturday.
Officials at Banaswadi Police Station confirmed that Malakapura submitted recorded evidence of children being used in campaigns, rallies and other election related work. It included surveillance videos from the areas in the constituency.
Reddy, a chairman of the Rama Chaithanya Vardhini Trust, is contesting as the BJP candidate from the constituency. He is up against current Minister for Bengaluru Development and Town Planning, and Congress candidate, KJ George, as well as Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) State Convener Prithvi Reddy. JD(S)'s Anwar Sharief is also contesting in the constituency.
The news of the case against Reddy will be welcomed by his competitors. Reddy was also previously involved in a controversy related to the transport of a 62-foot tall and 750-tonne giant Hanuman statue to Bengaluru. MK Jagadeesh, Assistant Commissioner of the Revenue Department, Bengaluru North had earlier filed a complaint against 18 people including Muni Naga Reddy at the Kadugondanahalli police station stating that the Rama Chaithanya Vardhini Trust, which commissioned the project, has chosen to install the statue on disputed land.