‘Papers cannot be rejected on allegation of misuse of funds’

Shekar Naik and many other farmers’ leaders from Mayakonda have urged Returning Officer S. Nagaraj to reject the nomination papers of Basavaraj Naik, MLA and chairman of the Tanda Abhivruddhi Nigam, accusing him of misusing the Legislators’ Area Development Funds.

Mr. Shekar Naik, who met Mr. Nagaraj here on Thursday when the latter was scrutinising the nomination papers, said that Mr. Basavaraj Naik had got crores of rupees sanctioned for a school of which he was the secretary and misused the money.

Many senior officials, including the Chief Secretary, had agreed that the grants had been diverted and misused, Mr. Shekar Naik said and demanded that the legislator’s nomination papers be rejected.

However, Mr. Nagaraj, after going through the documents submitted along with the nomination papers, said that both the issues were different, and the nomination papers could be rejected only if all information was not provided or required documents not enclosed.

Allegation of misuse of funds would not attract disqualification or lead to rejection of nomination papers, he said and asked the farmers’ leaders to raise the issue in an appropriate platform. Meanwhile, the former president of the erstwhile city municipality M.G. Thippeswamy appealed to the election authorities to reject the nomination papers of B. Lokesh, BJP candidate from Davangere South constituency, as he was running a liquefied petroleum gas agency, which was a commercial venture.

Mr. Lokesh, however, refuted the charge stating that by running the domestic gas agency he was only doing social service and that it was not a profit-oriented undertaking. Incidentally, Mr. Lokesh is the grandson of the late S. Nijalingappa, former Chef Minister .

‘Papers cannot

be rejected on allegation of

misuse of funds’