Bengaluru, Mar 30 (PTI) Accusing BJP president Amit Shah of violating the election code of conduct for allegedly giving Rs five lakh to a deceased party worker’s family, Karnataka Congress working president Dinesh Gundu Rao today demanded his externment from the state. Also Read - Vanathi Srinivasan Appointed BJP Women's Wing President

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“Amit Shah should not come to Karnataka as his intentions are very clear- to vitiate the election atmosphere and to violate the law. Today’s incident is the best example for it,” Rao told reporters here. Also Read - Voting Begins For 4 Legislative Council Seats in Karnataka

Hitting out at Shah for visiting Raju’s family after the poll dates being announced, he said “during the visit Rs five lakh was given to the family.. it is clear as the mother (Raju’s mother) has given a statement that they were given Rs five lakh.”

Raju, a BJP activist, was killed in Mysuru in March 2016, leading to tension in the area.

Calling it a clear case of violation of the election code of conduct, Rao said, “it is a grave offence as they have given money during the election. Also, I have got information that attempts have been made to control the media.” Congress will immediately file a complaint with electoral officers, he said, adding that the Election Commission should stop Amit Shah from coming to Karnataka.

“…his malicious intentions, tactics, the unlawful activities that he is indulging in shows that he is behaving like a criminal,” Rao alleged.

Pointing out that both Shah and Yeddurappa had been to jail in the past, Rao said the EC should take action against Yeddyurappa. Amit Shah should be externed, he said.

“He should not be allowed to enter Karnataka,” Rao said.

Shah, who is touring Mysuru as part of his “Karunada Jagruti Yatre” ahead of the May 12 assembly elections, today visited Raju’s residence and consoled his family.

He was accompanied by BJP state President B S Yeddyurappa, Union Minister Ananth Kumar,Member of Parliament from Mysuru Pratap Simha, among others.

As news of Rs five lakh being reportedly given to Raju’s family was aired in the media, Pratap Simha rejected the claims in a tweet.

“Dear Channels, @AmitShah ji did not give any money to Raju’s family, he only asked how much compensation we gave on behalf of the party n it was 5 lakh,”he said.PTI KSU RA APR APR

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.