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Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: BJP Says Siddaramaiah Violated Poll Code During Temple Visit; What About Amit Shah's 'Cheque', Asks Congress



Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and BJP chief Amit Shah have been accused of violating the model code of conduct in poll-bound Karnataka, regarding which complaints were filed with the Election Commission.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has alleged that Siddaramaiah gave Rs 2,000 to a priest for performing rituals during a visit to a temple in Mysore on Friday. 

BJP state unit's General Secretary Ravi Kumar said in his complaint to the election panel that Siddaramaiah had given a "bribe" of Rs 2,000 each to two women who welcomed him during a visit in Chamundeshwari Assembly segment — from where the CM will contest — in his hometown Mysore on Thursday. 
On the other hand, the ruling Congress claimed that Shah gave a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to the mother of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker H Raju who was allegedly murdered in 2016 in Mysore.
During his two-day trip to Mysore region, Shah on Friday visited Raju's family along with Union Minister Ananth Kumar and the party's state unit president and CM face BS Yeddyurappa.
"Shah and other (BJP) leaders handed over a cheque for Rs 5 lakh to the family, which is in gross violation of the model code of conduct," said a complaint filed against Shah by the state unit Congress leaders.
"It is safe to presume in the light of the ensuing elections that the money was paid with an intent to woo voters," the leaders said.
The Election Commission on Tuesday announced that Assembly polls would be held on May 12 for 224 seats and the votes will be counted on May 15.

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