Congress moves EC against Amit Shah

Congress moves EC against Amit Shah

Congress on Monday petitioned Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat urging him to order registration of cases against BJP president Amit Shah for violation of the poll code by allegedly offering Rs five lakh to the family of an RSS worker in Mysuru who was killed almost two years ago.

"Amit Shah is using the dead as a political tool to influence the voters," Congress leaders Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Jaiveer Shergill told reporters after meeting the chief election commissioner.

The Congress leaders told the poll authority that Shah and senior BJP leaders B S Yeddyurappa and Ananth Kumar were "resorting to the use of money power" to influence voters in Karnataka.

"Amit Shah must explain how come he has remembered the deceased Raju and his family members one and half years after his death," Shergill said.

On Friday, Shah along with other BJP leaders had visited the family of H Raju, an RSS worker who was killed in 2016 in Mysuru, and reportedly handed over a cheque of Rs five lakh to the next of his kin. The Congress leaders also submitted a video of the family member of the deceased claiming that he had received a cheque of Rs five lakh from Shah.

"The Election Commission must intervene and initiate action against Amit Shah and B S Yeddyurappa for violating model code of conduct," Singhvi and Shergill said.

The BJP had rejected the allegations that Shah gave money to the family of the deceased RSS worker. BJP Lok Sabha member Pratap Simha had said that Shah had only inquired about the compensation that was given on behalf of the party after Raju's death.

 

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