Bengaluru, May 9: Amidst the row over the seizure of fake 9,746 Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) from an apartment in the poll bound Karnataka, the flat owner Manjula Nanjamari on Wednesday clarified her stand and said she is not a Congress person.
Speaking top news agency ANI, Nanjamari stated ” From 1997 to 2002, I was a corporator, and BJP helped me win. I was just a house wife and BJP supported me, so I consider myself under their ‘sharan’. I am not a Congress person, and will never be.”
From 1997-2002 I was a corporator, and BJP helped me win. I was just a house wife and BJP supported me, so I consider myself under their 'sharan'. I am not a Congress person,will never be: Manjula Nanjamari,owner of Bengaluru flat from where fake voter IDs were seized pic.twitter.com/e4vEAPRLII
— ANI (@ANI) May 9, 2018
Presently, Nanjamari is not campaigning for the party, as she said since 2002, she has only been a follower of BJP’s ideology and health issues did not allow her to campaign.
“The tenants are Rangaraju and Rekha and not Rakesh(BJP Supporter who Congress alleged was tenant of Bengaluru flat where voter IDs were seized). They took the place on rent on April 5 saying they just wanted place to dump some of their office stuff , the flat owner added.
Earlier in the day, Nanjamari’s son Sridhar Nanjamari told ANI that Rakesh had no connection with the flat, adding “News that I have relations with Congress is false.”
On the other hand, Senior BJP leader Sambit Patra stated Nanjamari was a BJP corporator, for past 15 years she has no link with BJP. We demand investigation and immediate countermanding of election in Rajarajeshwari Nagar constituency”.
She (Manjula Nanjamari, owner of flat where fake voter IDs were found) was a BJP corporator, for past 15 years she has no link with BJP. We demand investigation & immediate countermanding of election in Rajarajeshwari Nagar constituency: Sambit Patra, BJP #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/GBnSXB9AMk
— ANI (@ANI) May 9, 2018
Reacting to this, the Congress retaliated its stand saying “owner of the flat (in Jalahalli, where voter IDs were found) is Manjula Nanjamari, she was BJP corporator from ’97-’02 and continues to be a prominent leader of BJP”.
“In last 24 hours she has been disowned by Karnataka BJP in-charge Prakash Javadekar”, said Congress Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.
Prior to this, the Congress delegation led by party leader Anand Sharma met the Election Commission, submitted a detailed memorandum about malpractices of the BJP and Narendra Modi government is trying to subvert free elections in Karnataka.
However, now all eyes are on the Election Commision decision, as the BJP delegation comprising Union Ministers Smriti Irani, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, JP Nadda and Dharmendra Pradhan will also meet the poll body at 6 pm over the issue of 9,746 voter identity cards found in bundles in a Bengaluru flat.
The poll panel has also ordered the probe into the matter.
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.