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Karnataka Congress workers call polling officers BJP agents, land in trouble

A case has been booked against a group of 50 workers who staged a protest in front of the Election Commission office and accused polling officials of being BJP agents

Karnataka Congress workers call polling officers BJP agents, land in trouble
Bengaluru, First Published Nov 28, 2019, 3:32 PM IST
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Bengaluru: A group of 50 Congress workers was booked for staging a protest in front of the state Election Commission’s head office on Seshadri Road on Monday, accusing officials of acting like BJP agents.

Following a complaint filed by Jayasimha HN, the model code of conduct (MCC) officer and the Halasuru Gate police have taken up a case against the protesters and have charged them for public nuisance, unlawful assembly under various sections of the Karnataka Police Act.

Complainant Jayasimha in his complaint stated that the protestors had not taken prior permission from the concerned authorities and it was a clear violation of the MCC. Police are verifying CCTV footage to identify the protesters.

In yet another case, police booked three followers of independent candidate Sharath Bache Gowda for assaulting a BJP party worker to prevent him from campaigning in their area, in Hoskote constituency.

BJP party worker Manjunath sustained several injuries but doctors said he was out of danger. The accused, Muniraju, Manjunath and Ramachandra, followers of Sharath, confronted BJP worker Manjunath and assaulted him with iron rods and fled from the scene, police said.

Karnataka will go to polls on December 5 for the seats that were vacated when the rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs were disqualified. Their disqualification caused the collapse of the HD Kumaraswamy administration and paved the way for BS Yediyurappa’s return to the chief minister’s seat. The Karnataka state Election Commission enforced the model code of conduct from November 11 in all 15 Karnataka legislative Assembly constituencies.

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