Congress leaders, led by A.H. Vishwanath, MP, have accused the BJP of trying to woo voters with gifts in the Mysore City Corporation limits, Krishnaraja constituency in particular.
The leaders presented what they called “proof” to election observer Naveen Raj Singh at the Government Guesthouse here on Friday. The items, said to have been recovered by Congress workers, included watches, shirts and shawls.
All the items had the label of Aasare Foundation, an organisation reportedly headed by Minister in-charge of the district S.A. Ramdas.
Mr. Vishwanath, accompanied by Tanvir Sait, Narasimharaja MLA; M.K. Somashekar, former MLA; the former Mayor Vasu, and local leaders Venkatesh and M. Lakshman, complained that Congress flags were deliberately being removed from some wards in the city.
The MP alleged that the police remained “partial” even as Congress candidates were being threatened by JD(S) candidates in certain wards. For instance, the Congress candidate in Ward No. 62 faced threats from the JD(S) candidate, who is a former Mayor.
In some other cases, names of voters listed in Krishnaraja constituency had been included in Narasimharaja constituency as well. How could this be, he questioned.
In violation of the election code of conduct, road asphalting had been taken up in Ward No. 62, he alleged.
Some BJP leaders were distributing coupons in Krishnaraja constituency for sari distribution. Moves were on to distribute set-top boxes to households in the same constituency. Also, television sets and umbrellas too were being distributed.
‘Set up checkposts’
Mr. Vishwanath urged the district administration to set up 24x7 police checkposts in view of rumours that more than 35,000 units of mixer/grinders were reaching Mysore for distribution among voters, from Tamil Nadu.
Posters and buntings that had come up in violation of the code of conduct ought to be removed, he said.