9,746 voter IDs found in Bengaluru apartment, EC orders probe

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Bengaluru, May 9: Ahead of the crucial Karnataka Assembly election, around 9,746 Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) were found from an apartment in Bengaluru’s Jalahalli area of the Raja Rajeshwari Nagar constituency.

Following this, the Election Commission on the wee hours of Wednesday registered a First Information Report (FIR) on finding counterfoils and 9,746 voters ID cards.

The poll panel officials seized printers from Flat No. 115 at SLV Park View Apartment.

An FIR is being registered after nearly 9,746 voter cards were found in a flat in Rajarajeshwari Nagar constituency along with around one lakh counterfoils resembling acknowledgement slips used for addition of names into electoral rolls were found,” the state’s Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar told media here on late Tuesday night.

Initially, the voter cards were found to be genuine, while the counterfoils were to be verified through investigation, Kumar said. Five laptops and one printer were also found in the apartment, he added.

“Further investigation will be conducted into the matter and will be closely monitored by the EC,” he said.

Three observers from the poll panel were visiting the flat in the constituency, which has a total of 4,35,439 voters, Kumar said.

Reacting to the news, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala alleged that the flat where the voter IDs were found belonged to a BJP leader.

Addressing media, he said “these are news reports (in pic) pointing out prominent losers of the corporation polls and it mentions BJP’s Manjula Nanjamuri, sitting corporator of HMT ward, who contested from Jalahalli where flat no. 115 is situated”.

“BJP leadership said M Nanjamuri’s son Rakesh, who the poll panel says was a tenant of flat no. 115 where all these cards were found, also didn’t belong to BJP. I have list of BJP corporation candidates 2015 & at no.16, you find Rakesh to be BJP candidate from Jalahalli constituency”, he added.

Responding to the allegations, son of the BJP leader, Sridhar Nanjamari stated ” I am the only son of Manjula Nanjamari. Rakesh is my mother’s nephew’s son & he has got no connections with the flat in Park View apartment, as is what claimed in media”.

“The flat was rented to Rangaraju, who pays rent for it every month”, he further said.

Earlier, the Bharatiya Janta Party urged the election commission to countermand the May 12 Assembly poll in the constituency, describing it a conspiracy by the ruling Congress to rig the election.

Union Human Resource Development Minister and the party’s in-charge for state polls Prakash Javadekar tweeted ” The BJP demands countermanding of elections in Rajarajeshwari Nagar in light of latest revelations of tens of thousands of fake voter IDs and empty packets of hard currency. This is Congress conspiracy to rig election in the face of their imminent defeat”.

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