Bengaluru, May 11: In the forthcoming Karnataka Assembly elections, polling in RR Nagar has been deferred, say media reports. In this particular constituency, polling would be held on May 28 and counting on May 31. The decision has been taken in view of the growing voices demanding that polling be deferred in the constituency following the midnight drama earlier this week when 9,746 voter IDs were seized from a flat in the area. Also Read - Karnataka Congress MLA Narayan Rao Succumbs to COVID-19
A couple of days ago, a BJP delegation had met the Election Commission, seeking to countermand of the election in the constituency. PTI reported that the delegation, which included Union Ministers JP Nadda, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Smriti Irani, SS Ahluwalia, Dharmendra Pradhan and party spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi, told the Commission that scrapping the poll in the constituency was necessary to “reinstate people’s faith” in the electoral process. Also Read - Why no Summons For Kangana Ranaut Who Admitted to Taking Drugs: Nagma Questions NCB
Earlier, police registered a criminal case against 14 people, including Congress sitting MLA and RR Nagar candidate N Munirathna in connection with the seizure of fake voter ID cards from an apartment in Bengaluru’s Jalahalli area in the constituency. “Multiple reports are with ECI for its consideration… It will be inappropriate to talk about the issue at this stage. More definitive information will be provided in public at an appropriate time,” chief electoral officer (CEO) Sanjiv Kumar said on Thursday, reported The Times of India. Also Read - 'If Kangana Ranaut Had Said She Took Drugs, NCB Should Conduct Probe', Says BJP Leader Pravin Darekar
Late on Tuesday night, a large number of voter ID cards were found at an apartment in Jalanhalli area, triggering a twitter war between the BJP and the Congress. In a series of tweets, BJP’s Sadanand Gowda had alleged that Congress candidate from Rajarajeshwari Nagara, N Munirathna, was behind this. Hitting back, the Congress had held a press conference to ‘prove’ that the person was actually a BJP corporator. Party spokesperson RS Surjewala even said the BJP had stage-managed the midnight haul.
In his election rally, BJP chief Amit Shah said that the recovery of fake voter IDs showed the Congress’ desperation to win the elections anyhow. He also asked the people not to “fall in the trap laid by the Congress.