The Election Commission on Friday registered a complaint against Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara for alleged violation of model code of conduct which is in place for the November 3 bye-polls in the state. Parameshwara, who is the Congressâ€™s in-charge of Jamkhandi Assembly bye-poll in Bagalkot district, had asked voters to vote for the Congress in return for repairing a major road. The incident took place on Tuesday.
AG Patil, the Election Commissionâ€™s nodal officer for model code of conduct, said, â€śAn FIR has been registered against the minister under the Representation of the People Act 1950, 1951 and 1989 at the Savalgi Police Station.â€ť
Addressing a rally in Savalagi village of Jamkhandi taluk, Parameshwra said, â€śI have one condition to complete the Savalagi-Jamkhandi road repair work in three months. You should vote for our party candidate. Mere claps for my promise will not work. Is it alright if we enter into such a deal with you?â€ť
Bye-polls in Jamkhandi was necessitated after Congress MLA and former Union Minister Siddu Nyamagouda passed away in a road accident in May shortly after the election.
Following this, the BJP had approached the Election Commission and raised the issue.
Reacting to Parameshwaraâ€™s speech, Firebrand BJP MLA CT Ravi and the partyâ€™s state General Secretary had said, â€śKannadigas want to know if Congis led by Rahul Gandhi are paying from their pockets to develop the state.â€ť
Karnataka's Dy. CM Parameshwara tells Voters of Jamakhandi constituency that he will get roads asphalted in a village within three months provided they vote for CONgress.â€” C.T.Ravi (@CTRavi_BJP) October 23, 2018
Kannadigas want to know if CONgis led by Rahul Gandhi are paying from their pockets to develop the State.
The seat is seeing a straight flight between the BJP and Congress with the coalition partners deciding to put up a united front to keep the opposition at bay. While, the coalition has fielded the late MLA Siddu Nyamagoudaâ€™s son Anand Siddu, the BJP is pinning its hopes on Shrikant Subarao Kulkarni who lost the Assembly Election by a margin of 3,000 votes.