Three arrested for distributing goodies

Three arrested for distributing goodies

 The two arrested on Saturday for allegedly distributing silver coins to woo voters in Bangalore. DH PHOTOAllegations and blame games were at its peak on Saturday. Apart from the State Election Commission (SEC) and the BBMP observers, political parties also were found keeping a watch on each other for any poll violations.

Silver coins

In Ward 66, Subramanaya-nagar, three people were arrested for distributing silver coins and tokens to each house in broad daylight to entice people into voting for a particular party candidate. Youth Congress activists who were keeping track of their rivals allegedly found five people with bags of silver coins and tokens meant to be exchanged for sarees in a particular silk shop.

Within minutes, the police were summoned as the Youth Congress seized the bags of silver coins and tokens. “We found that they had already distributed the tokens and silver coins to seven households in Subramanyanagar. The three people we caught claimed that a sitting MLA from the City had directed them to distribute the incentives to the people to vote,” said Madhusudhan, a Youth Congress activist.

According to the people who witnessed the entire incident, yellow and green tokens were being distributed “The yellow token could be exchanged at a certain silk house for two sarees, while a green one would fetch three silk sarees,” claimed Madhusudhan.

T D Krishnappa, an HAL employee, whose name and number has been printed on the back of the tokens, claims that the tokens were an innovative way to attract votes for his elections under the AECS elections. “The elections to our local Co-operative Society was being held when I had printed the tokens.They were lying with my friends, one of whom is Krishnegowda, whose wife is standing from the ward for the BBMP elections,” claimed Krishnappa. 

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