Special Correspondent

24 cases registered against the party

Five officials already transferred from Bellary

Value of goods, liquor, cash seized is Rs. 1.73 cr.

BANGALORE: The BJP in Karnataka has topped the list of violations of the model code of conduct with 24 cases so far, according to Chief Electoral Officer M.N. Vidyashankar.

As many as 58 cases have been registered against political parties with regard to the violation of the model code of conduct. The party-wise violations are: the BJP 24, Congress 9, Janata Dal (S) 9, Bahujan Samaj Party 2 and others 14.

Addressing presspersons here on Monday, Mr. Vidyashankar said Bellary district had recorded the highest number of violations (12) followed by Shimoga (4), Dharwad (3) and Bangalore Rural (2). The Election Commission had already transferred five government officials from Bellary district to ensure free and fair poll.

As many as 501 cases have been registered with regard to seizure of liquor, cash, goods, and for defacement of public property in several districts. The total value of goods, liquor and cash seized was Rs. 1.73 crore, he said.

Twelve cases have been registered with regard to violence, the highest being in Shimoga (7).

Four cases have been registered with regard to bribery in Bellary (2) and Hassan and Bangalore South (one each).

He said that a bribery case had been registered against former corporator Basavaraj who was involved in the distribution of SIM cards to woo voters in Bangalore South constituency.

Mr. Vidyashankar said the police seized liquor worth Rs. 13 lakh and vehicles worth Rs. 17 lakh in Shimoga district on Sunday.

The commission has stayed the acquisition of lands for the KHB at Siddlaghatta taluk in Chickaballapur district.