The Congress has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Janata Dal (Secular) of violations of the model code of conduct and has submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner of Mysore and the District Election Officer.
Led by A.H. Vishwanath, MP, the Congress launched a broadside against the two parties here on Wednesday and alleged that S.A. Ramdas of the BJP (Krishnaraja Assembly constituency) and S.R. Mahesh of the Janata Dal (S) (K.R. Nagar Assembly constituency) were wooing voters with freebies distributed through non-governmental organisations floated by them.
Mr. Vishwanath said Aasare Foundation, belonging to Mr. Ramdas, was transporting water in tankers and distributing it to citizens along with wooing the people of Krishnaraja Assembly constituency with gifts.
The Congress said hundreds of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh workers from Gujarat had entered key constituencies in Mysore. It wanted the authorities to identify and expel such people from the district as they are not registered voters here.
Mr. Vishwanath also wanted the Election Commission to ensure an adequate monitoring mechanism in Varuna, Krishnaraja, Chamundeshwari and K.R. Nagar Assembly constituencies as the leading candidates were “real estate sharks spending anywhere between Rs. 20 crore and Rs. 60 crore on elections”, he alleged.
The Congress also asked that ambulances operated by Sa.Ra. Balaga, an NGO in K.R. Nagar belonging to Mr. Mahesh, be seized till the end of elections.
Mr. Viswhanath also demanded that the documentary featuring the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda on the Cauvery and Krishna river water disputes should not be broadcast. “The Cauvery issue should not be politicised during elections as it concerns all the people of the State and is also a national issue,” he added.
‘Ramdas (BJP) and Mahesh (JD-S) wooing voters with freebies’