Congress silent on alleged distribution of gift cards among Karnataka voters

Bengaluru, May 30 (IANS): Karnataka Congress is silent over the allegation of winning elections in Karnataka by illegally distributing special cards with Rs 5,000 balance that could be used in malls.

Former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has alleged that the Congress distributed such cards in 45 to 50 Assembly segments in elections. "Mr Siddaramaiah, if you have courage get this allegation investigated," he challenged. The allegations were made last week.

Kumaraswamy further maintained that the cards were distributed in a planned manner few hours before the elections. The cards have QR codes and this was a serious election illegality. He also maintained that this was responsible for the defeat of his son Nikhil Kumaraswamy too in Ramnagar seat.

H D Kumaraawamy (left) and Siddaramaiah

It is alleged that the cards were designed in such a way that they only get en-cashed if a Congress candidate won the elections. This is a big scam. In all 45 to 50 Assembly seats, 60,000 such coupons in every Assembly constituency were distributed, he said.

Congress party has in turn asked JD(S) when it is going to dissolve the party as it had lost the confidence of the people of the state. JD(S) party which was aimed at winning 45 to 50 seats managed to get 19 seats in the Assembly elections. The elections saw a voter turnout of 73.19 per cent, the highest ever recorded in the history of Legislative Assembly elections in Karnataka.

The Congress won 135 seats and achieved their biggest win since the 1989 elections. The BJP, which hoped to beat anti-incumbency and win elections on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah's campaigning blitzkrieg, suffered a humiliating defeat and won 66 seats.

The Congress managed to get 42.88 per cent of votes, while BJP got 36 per cent. JD (S) polled 13.29 per cent of votes.





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  • Rita, Germany

    Tue, May 30 2023

    Now all these people thought loudly that Congress will never come in karnataka have got a big shock and now making a big theater .Let them .Give them time to show their task .The next election come definately ,then can say whether good or bad.They too never built their Ram Mandir in a day or two.

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  • Rajesh, Mangalore

    Tue, May 30 2023

    Nikhill is useless!

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  • Raghuram, Mangalore

    Tue, May 30 2023

    Why can't he show the cards -- surely some of his supporters could have got hold of the same -- Then public will believe -- actual modus operandi -- as alleged -- according to this report 60000 coupons -- in every assembly segment -- could he not've got atleast 100--- show proof --

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  • mohan prabhu, mangalore/canada

    Tue, May 30 2023

    Winning by hook, croook or corrption and fraud will come to haunt all parties. Bribing people to get their votes may be an elction fraud.

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  • Rajan, Mangalore

    Tue, May 30 2023

    HDK assumed in all his foolishness/ arrogance that there will be a hung assembly-- He will be in great demand -- both with Congress /BJP -- So before the results he took a flight to Singapore -- Alas results was something else -- not sure if he returned by BOAT from S' pore -- -- Now finding scape goats and reason for his sons defeat -- FIRST THEIR OWN INTERNAL FAMILY FEUDS HAVE TO BE SORTED OUT AND NOT SURE IF THE PARTY WILL LAST NEXT FEW YEARS ESPECIALLY WITH PATRIACH SHRI DEVE GOWDA AGING --

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  • John Fernandes, Kinnigoli

    Tue, May 30 2023

    Thinking of becoming a king by waiting for makers at home so that he can tell later who came? its you, not me, and now become a joker. Lost even status of a party.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Tue, May 30 2023

    ಹ್ಹಹ್ಹಹ್ಹಹ್ಹಹ್ಹಾ....‌ king maker (conditions apply) ಹ್ಹಹ್ಹಹ್ಹಹ್ಹಹ್ಹಾ....‌

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Tue, May 30 2023

    Looks like; Kumaraswamy has been tricked to act on some high percentage rewards. Better than operation Kamal 😲😍

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  • BK, Mangalore

    Tue, May 30 2023

    ಪಾಪ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಕೊಟ್ಟಿಲ್ಲ ಅಂತ ಕೋಪ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಮತ್ತೆ ಎಂಥಾ ಮಾರ್ರೆ ಒಂದು ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಬಂದು ಒಂದು ತಿಂಗಳಾಗಿಲ್ಲಇವ್ರೆಲ್ಲರ ಕಿರಿ ಕಿರಿ, ಒಂದು ಜವಾಬ್ಧಾರಿಯುತ ಸ್ಥಾನದಲ್ಲಿದ್ದು ಸರಕಾರದ ಕಾರ್ಯ ವೈಖರಿಯನ್ನು ನೋಡಿ ಅದರಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಲೋಪ ದೋಷಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಾತಾಡಿ ಅದರಲ್ಲಿ ಜನಸಾಮಾನ್ಯರಿಗೆ ಎಲ್ಲಿ ತೊಂದರೆಯಾಗುತಿದೆ ಅದನ್ನು ಸರಿಪಡಿಸಲು ಪ್ರಯತ್ನಿಸಬೇಕು. ಅದಲ್ಲದೆ ಸುಮ್ನೆ ಅನವಶ್ಯಕ ಚರ್ಚೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಜನಸಾಮಾನ್ಯರನ್ನು ದಿಕ್ಕು ತಪ್ಪಿಸುದನ್ನು ಎಲ್ಲಾ ರಾಜಕಾರಣಿಗಳು ನಿಲ್ಲಿಸಬೇಕು, ಇವರೆಲ್ಲರ ಹಣೆಬರಹ ಇವರ ಅಧಿಕಾರಾವಧಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಜನರು ಮನಗಂಡು ಜನರು ಇಂದಿನ ಸರಕಾರಕ್ಕೆ ಬಹುಮತ ಕೊಟ್ಟದ್ದೆಂದು ನೆನಪಿನಲ್ಲಿಡಬೇಕು.

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  • Karen D'souza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Tue, May 30 2023

    This is a lie, there has been no official distribution of such cards. This was a ruse of some BJP people to frame the INC. Police action will be taken and the miscreants will be punished.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Tue, May 30 2023

    even if this is true..there is nothing to j pigs have distributed Rs 5000 in cash and in beltangady the gang of chaddis were caught by vasant bangera and just imaging in other parts of rural karnataka how much they have distributed...but still people gave them chombu

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  • Fernandes, Mangalore

    Tue, May 30 2023

    Where was he(Just pass) before the election. If you had this much information before the election, why did not compliant to the concern authority. Hello just failed, your all plans gone upside down by Congress winning in majority, so now you take out your frustration like gumla statement. You don't have love for the people of Karnataka and Karnataka State to have a stable clean government, just greed for power.

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  • Guru Baliga, Mangalore

    Tue, May 30 2023

    these cards were distributed just before voting (on the voting day) … This is true, even public tv had reported this even before Kumarswamy… Amy comments where not posted on the same day when I had seen this card live, there are CCTV evidences as well

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  • Venzil Fernandes, Mangalore/Dubai

    Tue, May 30 2023

    The funny part in Karnataka is that people are interested in Freebies all the time, No one recognizes the hard work done by anyone in the society. For some the PM and CM is like a GOD but they all forget that they have to clean their own stuff as these people will never do anything to them. Wake up people.. you are paying to the Government from your own pocket of your own hard earn money . The money that is used for development is people's money. So stop fighting with each other in the name of crap politics

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Tue, May 30 2023

    Please do not make publicity. If BJP members come to know, then big problem! Please save congress. 🙏

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