In the pictures shared along with the tweet, Ashoka can be seen posing for a picture with an accused person Rahul Tonse along with others at a function.

Karnataka Congress targets BJP after pics of Minister with drug case accused surface
news Politics Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 19:01

Sharing pictures of Revenue Minister R Ashoka with an accused in the drugs case, the Congress in Karnataka on Tuesday said there was a need for leaders from the ruling BJP, who are making allegations against those from other parties, to face the inquiry first. In a tweet, the state Congress said, "The pictures of R Ashoka with drugs scandal kingpin Rahul Thonshe suggests that it was not a casual meeting, but a close association. There is a need for leaders from the ruling BJP, who are making allegations against those from other parties to cover up their scandals, to be made to face inquiry first."

In the pictures shared along with the tweet, Ashoka can be seen posing for a picture with Rahul along with others at a function. There are also pictures showing the two feeding each other sweets.

The Minister had on Monday denied any links with Rahul. "I had gone to a naming ceremony function relating to a party worker in my constituency, when a celebrity goes to such events normally several people take such pictures....it is common such pictures are taken during public functions, so can we be linked? If I had gone to his house it is a different thing," he said.

Ashoka in response to a question said the photo might have been taken four years ago and since the coronavirus outbreak, he had not attended any such events recently.

Both the parties have been releasing pictures of the accused with leaders as tit for tat. Earlier, photographs of actor Ragini Dwivedi campaigning for the BJP in the 2019 Karnataka Assembly bye-elections were shared widely. Ragini was campaigning for BJP MLA Narayana Gowda in the elections. Then, BJP released pictures of Sanjana and Ragini with various Congress leaders.

Meanwhile, Congress MLA Zameer Ahmed Khan's name has been linked to the drugs case, following his photos with one Shaik Fazil, who is linked to a casino in Colombo where allegedly such activities take place, emerged. However, Zameer too has denied his involvement while it is yet to be established whether illegal activities by influential people from Bengaluru did take place in casinos in Colombo.

 

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