Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president G. Parameshwara has said the party has apprised the Election Commission about the “misuse” of government machinery by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in the byelections.
Addressing presspersons here on Saturday before leaving for Jagalur taluk in Davangere district for the election campaign, he alleged that the BJP Government was using government vehicles to transport money and liquor for distribution among voters.
“We have definite reports on this, and it has been brought to the notice of the Election Commission,” he said.
Displaying handbooks brought out by the BJP highlighting its “achievements”, the Congress leader said the books, published by the Department of Information, were being distributed in constituencies where the byelections were to be held.
“The BJP has no right to use public money in the elections. The party has already transported thousands of copies of the book to Jagalur, Channapatna and Bangarpet Assembly constituencies”, he said, and demanded that the Election Commission take note of it.
Coming down on the BJP for ‘Operation Lotus', Dr. Parameshwara termed it an insult to public mandate, and called upon voters to defeat the BJP in the bypolls.
Admitting that the Congress faced a tough challenge in Jagalur, he, however, expressed confidence that his party would emerge victorious.
To a question, Dr. Parameshwara asserted that the Congress was ready for Assembly elections anytime.
“Just because we lost some seats in the last Assembly elections, it does not mean that the party has lost its strength,” he said.
Leaders such as H. Hanumanthappa, N.Y. Gopalkrishna, Allam Prabhu Patil, H. Anjaneya, G.S. Manjunath and C. Mahalingappa were present.