Karnataka Elections: 2 More BJP Leaders Including Ex MLA Join Congress

In yet another set back for the incumbent BJP in Karnataka 2 more state leaders resigned from party membership to join Congress party today.

Live updates on the Karnataka Assembly Election 2023: Karandlaje has accused DK Shivakumar of publicly stating that the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) has accepted money from candidates seeking tickets, which is a breach of the electoral code.

2 More Quit BJP In Karnataka To Join Congress

DK Shivakumar, the Karnataka Congress chief, who is currently under investigation by central agencies in several cases, has had his nomination papers accepted by the Election Commission to contest in the upcoming assembly elections from the Kanakapura constituency.

Meanwhile, according to news agency PTI, Union Minister Shobha Karandlaje has demanded action against Shivakumar for allegedly seeking bribes while issuing B-Forms to his party’s candidates. Karandlaje, who is also the convener of the BJP’s State Election Management Committee, has accused Shivakumar of admitting on record that the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) has collected money from candidates seeking tickets, which is a violation of the electoral code.

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PM Modi Called A Benched Leader

In other developments, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to former Karnataka minister K S Eshwarappa, applauding his commitment to the party and expressing his satisfaction with him. This move was criticized by the Congress, who alleged that “the prime minister has no issues with corruption.” Meanwhile, due to the persistent heavy rainfall in Devanhalli, close to Bengaluru, the BJP canceled Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s rally scheduled for today. Shah is currently in Karnataka for a two-day visit to assess the party’s readiness for the upcoming elections.

Congress Accuses State Govt

According to news agency PTI, the Congress has accused Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai’s office of contacting returning officers from various districts to identify flaws in the applications submitted by Congress candidates and rectify the errors in the applications filed by BJP candidates running in the Assembly election. The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) chief, D K Shivakumar, has called for the Election Commission to investigate the matter and examine the call records of the Chief Minister’s office to verify the allegations. Speaking at a press conference, Shivakumar claimed that a significant plot was underway to reject applications from Congress candidates.

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