Davangere: abrupt end to Congress signature campaign

Staff Correspondent

Hoarding put up to mobilise support for party candidate removed

S.S. Mallikarjun is the Congress candidate

The hoarding was put up near Gundi Circle

DAVANGERE: A hoarding put up by Congress workers near the Gundi Circle here on Thursday to collect signatures of people in support of the party candidate for the Lok Sabha election S.S. Mallikarjun was removed within an hour of its installation following instructions by the sectoral magistrate.

A photo of Mr. Mallikarjun and a list of reasons why he should be elected were printed on the left side of the hoarding.

The remaining space on it was earmarked for signatures. The Congress leaders claimed it was a unique “signature campaign”.

A number of people including Congress leaders such as D. Basavaraj, Raghavendra and Veeranna had put their signatures on the hoarding

Earlier, the traffic police had objected to placing the hoarding at the circle stating that it might hinder movement of vehicles.

The sectoral magistrate, on receipt of the information about the hoarding, rushed to the spot and got it removed.

N. Manjunath Prasad, Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer, told The Hindu that no political party had been given permission to put up hoardings, banners and buntings.

He said that no case had been registered against the Congress since the party workers removed the hoarding following instructions of the sectoral magistrate.

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