Disqualify Sriramulu from contesting polls, Congress petitions EC

Counting of votes will be taken up on May 15 and results will be declared the same day.

An officer in the CEO’s officer said a report has been sent to the election commission about the video and directions have been issued to the news channels not to air the video clip.

The campaign which began in March, was hit by many controversies-the most serious one being the Rajarajeshwarinagar voter ID scam with the Election Commission on Friday ordering postponement of polling to the seat to May 28 saying the current electoral process in the constituency has been “vitiated” by parties and candidates who had tried to influence voters. Over 2,600 candidates are in the fray- more than 2400 men and and over 200 women. Almost six hundred polling boots are manned exclusively by women official and over 12,000 boots have been provided additional security as they have been declared critical. “Around 3.6 lakh personnel will be on duty from dawn to dusk at all polling stations with required facilities to enable the electorate cast their vote in EVMs comprising 94,841 balloting units and 84,830 controlling units that are connected to Voters Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs)”, said Kumar.

Tight security is in place to ensure smooth and peaceful polling across all the assembly constituencies spread across 30 districts. “82,157 people have been deployed for poll duty that include DSPs, home guards and civil defence, and forest guards and watchers”, Karnataka DGP Neelamani N Raju said. This booth falls under the Bommanahalli constituency in Bengaluru. Under the existing law – which the Election Commission has been pleading with the Centre to change for several years now – only provides for six months’ jail or fine or both for anyone filing false affidavits. The illegal mining controversy, apart from causing huge losses to the state exchequer and irreparable environmental damage, led the collapse of the BJP government. While BJP’s campaign was centrally driven and state leaders relegated to the background, the Congress placed state leader Siddaramaiah in the vanguard and the central leadership took the backseat.

“Enjoyed meeting the regional and national press today in Bengaluru”.

The BJP had ruled the state between 2008 and 2013, the only time it did so, but its tenure was marred by intra-party feuds and allegations of corruption.

Rahul Gandhi on Thursday attacked Modi, alleging that BJP’s B Sriramulu had bribed former CJI Balakrishnan, seeking an order favouring a mining company owned by G Janardhan Reddy.

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