BJP accuses CM of violating code of conduct, lodges complaint

BJP in Karnataka today complained to the Chief Electoral Officer, accusing Chief Minister Siddaramaiah of violating the model code of conduct by "bribingopenly".

The complaint, signed by BJP GeneralSecretary Ravi Kumar said that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah wascanvassing at Chamundeshwari constituency at Mysore on March 29 and that duringelection campaigning, in 'utter violation' of the poll conduct, paid Rs 2,000 each to twowomen who welcomed him.

Refering to local newspaper reports in this regard, it said that in the same village, Siddaramaiah deposited Rs 2,000 in cash to the Archak (priest) whoperformed pooja in the temple premises, thereby violating the model code of conduct.

Stating that this act of Siddaramaiah amounts tobribery under Representation of People Act,as well as underSection 171 of the Indian Penal Code, the complaint said, "Though thisfact is circulated in almost all electronic and print media,the concerned officials have not taken any action."

"Hence we request you to direct initiation of stringent action and oblige," it added.

Siddaramaiah is camping in the district since yesterday till April 2, and is taking part in the campaign.

He has already announced his intentions to contestfrom Chamundeshwari constituency in Mysuru district.

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