Nearly 10,000 Voter ID cards were recovered on Tuesday night in a rented house in Raj Rajeshwari Nagar, North Bengaluru. In this matter, the Election Commission has ordered an inquiry.
Election Commission has informed that 9746 Voter IDs have been recovered. Voter ID cards were recovered from leader Manjula Nanjamari’s apartment, which she rented to a person named Rakesh Kumar. Following this incident, Karnataka’s Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar took a press conference and informed that probably these cards are of people living in slum areas.
The District Election Officer and the Observers have been entrusted with the responsibility of investigating this matter. Sanjeev Kumar said, ”The cards were wrapped in small bundles of paper with some phone numbers and names written on it. They seem to be from some slums. We have filed an FIR on the matter. It is being investigated and monitored directly by the Election Commission. This is certainly a serious matter, we can’t take a decision here. An appropriate decision will be taken in the next 24 hours.”
There are a total of 4,71,459 voters in Raja Rajeshwari Nagar constituency, and the elector to population ratio was 75.43 per cent, which is higher than the average for Bengaluru. In the election, 44,837 voters have joined.
Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala addressed the media at midnight. He said, “The Election Commission has clearly said that Congress MLA Manjula Nanjamari had rented the apartment to her son Mr. Rakesh who contested the 2015 BBMP (local) elections on a BJP ticket. Apartment was not raided by police or EC but by BJP workers.”
"This is a BJP conspiracy & we have exposed it. High level enquiry should be ordered by EC against all those indulging in this conspiracy to get the election countermanded by planting fake evidence. Lodge an FIR against all these top bjp leaders": @rssurjewala#BJPDramaExposed
— Karnataka Congress (@INCKarnataka) May 8, 2018
Showing a photo at the press conference, Surjewala said, “In the photo, you can see that BJP MLA Muniraj Gowda is seen with BJP leader Rakesh. Rakesh is the same person whose voter ID has been recovered from the house.
I present the statement from EC which never said Mrs Manjula Nanja Mari And Mr Rakesh is Mother n Son . It's congress conspiracy to make them mother -son . I challenge @INCIndia to prove the statement . Now Congress fear loss of their efforts to rig the elections. pic.twitter.com/EbT7Px6mCM
— Sadananda Gowda (@DVSBJP) May 9, 2018
The CEO’s official press release said that the apartment was owned by a person named Manjula Nanjamari and was rented to a person named Rakesh. “We do not know if he is related in anyway to Muniratna,” he added. He also said 44,857 voters were added this year an increase of 10.3 per cent against a state average of 6.04 per cent.