PayCM posters controversy: Police arrest five Congress workers

Bengaluru, Sep 22 (IANS): Karnataka police have arrested five Congress workers in connection with PayCM posters row that has caused severe embarrassment to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and ruling BJP.

Police sources stated that all arrested are attached to the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) social media wing.

The arrested are identified as B. R. Naidu, KPCC social media former chairman and one Gagan Yadav, a resident of Devadandra in K. R. Puram in Bengaluru, Pavan, Sanjay and Vishwanath.

High Grounds and Sadashivanagar police have carried out the operation and nabbed the accused following the instructions by the CM Bommai to initiate the investigation in this connection.

The PayCM posters had come up on the streets of Bengaluru, with CM Bommai's QR code. If the QR code is scanned, it would lead to a page which contained corruption charges against the ruling BJP.

Bengaluru Police Commissioner Pratap Reddy has stated that the case regarding PayCM posters has been registered under the Public Post Disfigure Act. A case was registered in four police stations of Bengaluru.

Ruling BJP and Congress had begun a war of QR Code posters over corruption charges against each other. Opposition Congress came with the idea first by releasing "PayCM" Posters, and BJP responded with QR code posters containing Opposition leader Siddaramaiah and State Congress President D. K. Shivakumar on Wednesday.

The PayCM poster released by the Opposition Congress unofficially had a portrait of the Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai in the poster, if scanned it will lead to '' website.

The authorities have pressed the services of BBMP personnel to take off the posters from walls, establishments in Bengaluru. BJP MLC M. Ravikumar stated that "Congress leaders have put up our CM to carry out campaigns, they should make their payments to Rahul Gandhi," he chided.

Answering a question about the 'PayCM' campaign, CM Bommai maintained that he had ordered an inquiry into the issue to find out who is behind the propaganda. "Anyone can do this with basis. People will understand, they don't hold ground," he said.

"It's not about my image, they are trying to dent the image of the state and that is why action would be taken against them," he said.






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  • Ozy, Surathkal

    Thu, Sep 22 2022

    Why the police arrest people? Do they feel ashamed to know the reality?

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  • Sandesh, Dubai / Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 22 2022


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  • Neville, Dubai

    Thu, Sep 22 2022

    Can someone find ex cm of Gujarath who can give advise to our PM why the rupee is falling. Recently i saw a vedio in which he was giving lecture why ruppe was falling, and how can it be contolled to Mr Manmohan Singh!!!!!!!!

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  • Babu Shenoy, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 22 2022

    In a democratic country political satyr and criticism is quite legal. If they are to arrest every critic of the governing party, what democracy do we have? When you criticise there is going to be some excess of deficit. That is taken for granted. When PM Modi criticises Congress and their living and dead stalwarts he utters so many lies and enormous falsehoods. Why not he be arrested on the same count?

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  • Pacific Heights, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 22 2022

    The Congress is spoiling its own prospects in the state with such mischief. It should stop making personal attacks against PM or CM . The party may receive some few appreciations from the 'online fake id walas' but not by gen voters. Look in your backyard first before pointing fingers at others. Dont blame EVMs later.

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  • Harish, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 22 2022

    Karnataka state have only two able CM's Yeddy & Siddhu

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Thu, Sep 22 2022

    lolzzz...i think bomma by far is the worst CM the state has seen...just doll in the hands of his mlas, ministers and of course changu and mangu...

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