Congress candidate Somashekar files complaint against Ramdas

Medical Education Minister and Mysore district in-charge S.A. Ramdas, seeking re-election, filed his nomination papers as the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from the Krishnaraja (K.R.) Assembly constituency here on Saturday.

Tumultuous scenes involving Mr. Ramdas’ supporters, who had gathered in several hundreds, were witnessed in the morning after Mr. Ramdas offered puja at the Sri Ramalingeshwara temple in Vidyaranyapuram.

A long procession of cultural troupes which followed Mr. Ramdas’ open vehicle carrying him, the former Minister C.H. Vijayashankar, the former MLC Tontadarya and other local BJP leaders, passed through Nanjumalige Circle, 101 Ganapathi Temple Circle, Sanskrit Patashala Circle before reaching the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) office where Mr. Ramdas filed his nomination papers to the Returning Officer for Krishnaraja Assembly Constituency.

The hustle and bustle that followed all along the procession route, apart from bursting of crackers, resulted in traffic jam prompting the police to diverting the traffic to other roads.

Complaint lodged

Meanwhile, the Congress candidate from the Krishnaraja constituency and the former MLA, M.K. Somashekar, lodged a complaint with the Deputy Commissioner here on Saturday afternoon alleging that Mr. Ramdas had violated the election code of conduct. In the complaint, Mr. Somashekar alleged that Mr. Ramdas, during his election campaign at one of the locations in the K.R. constituency on Friday night, had lured the voters by distributing money and saris among them.

The Congress party workers, who had objected to it, were threatened by the supporters of Mr. Ramdas, he alleged. He told The Hindu that Mr. Ramdas had even told the voters that applications for the housing schemes were available with him and that they could collect it from him.

Mr. Somashekar said such practices were not only in violation of the code of conduct but also were anti-democratic.

He said that he had provided video clippings of the events involving Mr. Ramdas and his followers violating the code of conduct to the Deputy Commissioner, seeking appropriate action.

  • Somashekar alleges Ramdas distributed saris and cash to voters on Friday

  • He says video clippings of the event have been given to the Deputy Commissioner seeking action