'Ministers manhandled JD(S) workers'

'Ministers manhandled JD(S) workers'

Speaking at an emergency press meet here on Sunday, he said, the JD(S) workers rushed to Manjunath extension in the city at around 5.45 pm when they learnt that ministers Katta Subrahmanya Naidu, Venkataramanappa and MLA D Muniraju were distributing money to voters and requested them to leave the spot immediately. However, a heated exchange of words occurred and the minister manhandled the JD(S) workers and asked his gun man to threaten, he alleged.

The deputy commissioner rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control and assured booking a criminal case against the minister, he claimed.

Meanwhile, the Ramanagaram district administration has sought clarification from the Election Commission whether they have to register case against ministers Katta Subramanya Naidu, Venkataramanappa and MLA Muniraju for staying put in Channapatna constituency even after 5 pm on Sunday.

JD(S) workers in Channapatna had gheraoed the ministers and MLA alleging that they were campaigning even after 5 pm, the deadline to wind up campaigning for the by-poll. Ramnagaram deputy commissioner K J Jagadeesh visited the spot and asked them to leave the constituency.

Jagadeesh said there was no evidence to prove that they were campaigning after 5 pm. He had sought clarification from the EC whether to register a complaint for staying put in the constituency. He would follow the EC’s directions.

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