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In poll mode: Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly M. Mallikarjun Kharge addressing party workers at the District Congress Committee office in Gulbarga on Sunday.
In poll mode: Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly M. Mallikarjun Kharge addressing party workers at the District Congress Committee office in Gulbarga on Sunday.

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‘Violations of poll code by BJP are handled with kid gloves; violations by other parties are dealt with firmly’

Kharge launches campaign in Gulbarga constituency by addressing party workers

He will visit all the blocks in the constituency, meet party workers and mobilise support

GULBARGA: Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly M. Mallikarjun Kharge, who is also the Congress candidate from Gulbarga Lok Sabha Constituency, has accused election officials of acting in a partisan manner and handling violations of model code of conduct by the BJP with kid gloves while dealing firmly with other political parties.

Mr. Kharge, who formally launched his campaign in the constituency by addressing party workers at the District Congress Committee office here on Sunday, told presspersons that the election authorities in the Shimoga Lok Sabha constituency where Raghavendra, son of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, is contesting as the BJP candidate had turned a blind eye to the violations of the code of conduct by BJP leaders.

But even minor violations by Opposition parties were blown up and dealt with toughly by the election authorities, he claimed.

“Mr. Yeddyurappa himself is presiding over the blatant violations of the code of conduct in Shimoga while campaigning for his son. But the complaints filed by the Opposition party leaders against the Chief Minister and his son have not been registered,” Mr. Kharge alleged.

Mr. Kharge said the law should be applicable to everybody and the election authorities should treat all political parties which violate the code of conduct equally.

To a question, Mr. Kharge said that those who were deserting the party and joining the BJP had already made up their mind to leave the party and had been waiting for a chance.

This would not affect the prospects of the party in the Lok Sabha elections in any way. The workers at the grassroots level, who were the real strength of the party, were intact and the desertion of the party by a few leaders had only doubled the resolve of the workers to ensure the victory of the Congress in the Lok Sabha elections, he added.

Mr. Kharge said that he would visit all blocks in the constituency, meet party workers and mobilise support.

To another question, he said that he was not disappointed with the decision of the party high command to field him as the party candidate in the Lok Sabha elections.

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