Bengaluru: EC probing cash-for-votes charge against D K Shivakumar

Bengaluru, May 14 (IANS): The Election Commission (EC) has ordered an inquiry into a charge by the BJP that Karnataka Water Resources Minister D.K. Shivakumar distributed cash to voters ahead of the May 19 by-election in the Kundagola Assembly segment in Dharwad, an official said on Tuesday.

"We have asked our District Electoral Officer M. Deepa to inquire into the allegation that the Minister was distributing cash to voters and community leaders," Karnataka's Additional Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) K.G. Jagadeesha told IANS here.

In a complaint to the state CEO on Monday, BJP legal cell member M. Vinod Kumar alleged that Shivakumar, staying at Hotel Cotton County near Hubli airport (about 410 km from Bengaluru) and campaigning for Congress candidate Kusumavati Channabasappa, was distributing cash to also local influential leaders to distribute it to the voters ahead of the polling day.

"As the BJP complaint was without audio or video evidence, we have asked the DEO to crosscheck with our flying squads and observers deployed in the Assembly segment to prevent any malpractice or violation of the model code of conduct," said Jagadeesha.

The party candidate (Kusumavati) is the widow of Congress Minister for Municipalities C.S. Shivalli, whose death on March 22 necessitated the bye-poll.

The BJP had fielded S.I. Chikkanagoudar, who lost to Shivalli by just 633 votes in Assembly elections in May 2018.



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  • JK, Udupi

    Wed, May 15 2019

    This is the only way he knows to win the election. The most corrupt politician, the ATM of High command.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangaluru

    Wed, May 15 2019

    Better to catch first all those indulged in this kind of luring the voters irrespective of political parties.

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  • hindu, Kudla

    Wed, May 15 2019

    Crook number one

    Number one victim fro Demonetisation

    Still has people calling him a leader and not a crook


    Talk to you May 23 Jossey JI- let see what spin you have - my vote is against crooks and Corrupt!!

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  • Sainik, Mangalore

    Wed, May 15 2019

    Good se was first terrorist ..
    Chowkidar bhi chor hai.

    May 23rd u wil change from hindu to bindu to hide ur identity.

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  • Roshan Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Wed, May 15 2019

    Dear Hindu
    as per you Number one victim fro Demonetization is DK If so how he distributed the Money ?
    You are openly agree demonetization is failed is it...?
    What about Yedurappa spends money for Oparation Kamala ?
    if you cannot dance dont blame the ground.

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  • Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi / Seattle

    Wed, May 15 2019

    So, Jossey Sir, you want him to loot more and more?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, May 15 2019

    Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi / Seattle
    We'll surely not allow Yeddy, Reddy & Chaddy to Loot ...

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  • sagar, Kundapur

    Wed, May 15 2019

    What is chaddy.....................?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, May 15 2019

    sagar, Kundapur
    It's worn below the Waist ...

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  • abdulla, india

    Tue, May 14 2019

    Understand Minister D.Shivakumar is Notorious and the richest Indian Minister.
    Abuse/Misuse of power?
    like Reddys../Yeddys.
    Crack down.
    now India needs money and bring back all the LOOT back to the exchequer..Lift Economy.
    Give % to Whistle blowers...
    See the catch later./Harvest after harvest.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, May 14 2019

    Cloud Scientist will never Succeed ...

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