New Delhi, May 9: The Election Commission of Karnataka on Tuesday seized a total of 9746 fake voter IDs from a flat in Bengaluru’s Rajarajeshwari Nagar assembly constituency ahead of the Karnataka Elections 2018. After a surprise visit was paid to a flat in Jalahalli locality (in the Rajarajeshwari constituency) nearly 9,746 voter ID cards were found. Five laptops and one printer was also found in the flat,” Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar said. Also Read - Vaccine, Jobs And Unemployment Allowance: High Political Drama in Bihar as Parties Wage Manifesto War Ahead of Polls

“An FIR is being registered after nearly 9,746 voter cards were found in a flat in Rajarajeshwari Nagar constituency along with around one lakh counterfoils resembling acknowledgement slips used for addition of names into electoral rolls were found,” Kumar said. Also Read - Article 370 Won't be Restored, Says BJP; Accuses Mufti of Disrespecting Indian Flag

Kumar, however, said that as per the preliminary verification, the voter cards were found to be genuine but, the counterfoils were to be verified through investigation. Five laptops and one printer were also found from the Rajarajeshwari Nagar apartment in Bengaluru’s Jalahalli area. “Further investigation will be conducted into the matter and will be closely monitored by the EC,” he said. Also Read - 'Unlike UP...': Rahul Gandhi Hits Out At BJP Over 'Gandhis Don't Care' Comment

The poll panel had visited the assembly constituency where the voter IDs were found. The assembly constituency has a total of 4,35,439 voters. Along with Kumar, the District Election Officer and the city’s civic body Commissioner M. Maheshwar Rao, the city Police Commissioner T. Suneel Kumar had visited the location for further investigation. “In next 24 hours we will get to know more facts based on which a firm decision will be taken,” Mr Kumar said.

Following the seizure of 9746 voter ID cards, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) urged the Election Commission to cancel the Assembly election in the Rajarajeshwari Nagar constituency, due on May 11, 2018. “The BJP demands countermanding of elections in Rajarajeshwari Nagar in light of latest revelations of tens of thousands of fake voter IDs and empty packets of hard currency. This is Congress conspiracy to rig election in the face of their imminent defeat,” tweeted Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar.

Following the allegations, Congress party Randeep Singh Surjewala said that the flat, where the fake voter IDs were found, belonged to a BJP leader. “BJP enacted this drama in an apartment belonging to their own leader Manjula Nanjamari. She has rented the apartment to her son who contested the 2015 BBMP elections on a BJP ticket,” he said. He also alleged that the flat was raided neither by EC nor by police but by the BJP workers.

The Assembly election across 223 constituencies of the state will be held on May 12.