MYSORE: Former Minister H. Vishwanath today alleged that milk vans belonging to Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) were being used to transport liquor to woo the electorate for the coming Assembly polls.
Addressing a press conference in Mysore on Tuesday, Mr. Vishwanath said the milk vans were also being used by political parties to surreptitiously ferry saris and other poll material in gross violation of the election code of conduct.
Though Mr. Vishwanath did not directly accuse any political party for the misuse of milk vans, it was apparent that he was seeking to target the Janata Dal (Secular) as the KMF was headed by former Minister H.D. Revanna.
Mr. Vishwanath, who is contesting the elections from K.R. Nagar constituency in Mysore district as a Congress candidate, said political parties and their supporters were also making use of ambulances to transport poll materials, particularly at night.
He urged the Election Commission to form a squad to prevent such poll violations, which are normally committed after 5 p.m. every day.
Unless the Election Commission constitutes special squads immediately, such nocturnal poll malpractices will only increase in the coming days as the date for polling draws nearer, he said.
Money from the land mafia was flowing in all the constituencies of the State, he added. Mr. Vishwanath accused the Janata Dal (S) for distributing nose rings, ear studs and saris through Stree Shakti groups in K.R. Nagar. “They are trying to lure the members of Stree Shakti groups by distributing goodies to them,” he said.
The former Minister denied the involvement of Congress party workers in the alleged attack on Janata Dal (S) candidate S.R. Mahesh from K.R. Nagar. “It is a baseless charge,” he said.
Though he welcomed the model code of conduct for elections, Mr. Vishwanath felt that its strict enforcement in Mysore district was causing a lot of inconvenience to political leaders.