Case filed against HDK for election code violation

Observers submit report to CEC on events organised by BJP, JD(S)

According to Returning Officer M Sharanabasappa, Kumaraswamy offered Rs 500 following an arati at Kanakapura tanda, where he had been to seek votes. A case under Section 171(b) (h) of IPC and Section 123(1) of Representation of the People Act had been registered in Munirabad police station, the officer said.

Meanwhile, the election observers have submitted their report to the Central Election Commission on the convention of minorities organised by JD(S) and another programme organised by BJP in the town on Friday.

Video recordings

The surveillance squad constituted to monitor adherence to model code of conduct has submitted the video recordings and news reports of the events to the Central Election Commission. Deputy Commissioner and District Returning Officer Tulasi Maddineni has confirmed the submission of reports.

Chief Minister D V Sadanana Gowda, former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and BJP State president K S Eshwarappa were to be felicitated by Bhovi Samaja on the occasion. Chief Electoral Officer C S Suranjan, during his visit to the town, had directed to cancel the programme.

However, the BJP went ahead by obtaining permission to conduct a party workers’ meet. The event had generated much heat.

Sources said notices have been issued to candidates of BJP, JD(S) and Congress seeking explanation on the discrepancies found in the details of election expenses submitted by them.

Notices have also been issued to four independents who have not filed the details.

Police flag march

Police platoons took out a flag march in the town on Saturday in view of the bypoll.

Personnel attached to District Armed Reserve passed through the main streets of the town and assembled at the police parade grounds.

A rapid intervention vehicle ‘207 Vajra’ and platoons of rapid action force were part of the flag march. District Returning Officer Tulasi Maddineni and Superintendent of Police B S Prakash flagged off the march. Prakash told reporters that 12 DAR platoons and 4 platoons of Karnataka State Reserve Police would be deployed to maintain law and order during the election.

Four DySPs, 12 CPIs, 35 police inspectors, 66 ASIs, 35 women constables and 420 Home Guards are required for the poll duty. Additional forces would be summoned from neighbouring districts, he added.

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