Mumbai, May 14: Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 took an amazing turn of events on May 14, as over 1,000 postal ballot covers were found in a hotel in Badami, in North Karnataka; as per a CNN News 18 news report. The ballots covers were alleged to be with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers. The Indian National Congress (INC), its arch-rival in the Karnataka Assembly Polls 2018, has said that the role of the Election Commission should be probed.
The development comes as shocking news, as such an incident on the eve of the Karnataka Assembly Elections Results, brings disrepute to all the stakeholders and also raises questions on the credibility on those responsible to regulate the free & fair conduct of polls.
As per a news report, over 1,000 postal ballot covers were found with BJP workers in a hotel in Badami. Reportedly, they were seen opening those postal ballots. The Congress party has said that the role of EC should be probed. At the place, a hotel, where the incident took place is owned by a local BJP leader, claims the CNN News 18 report.
The constituency of Badami is one of the two constituencies where the current Karnataka Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, is contesting elections from. He is facing tough competition from BJP’s tribal face B Sriramulu in this constituency.
Recently, over 10,000 fake voter ID cards were found in a room in RR Nagar constituency in Bengaluru North. The Election Commission had called for an emergency midnight presser. The polls in the RR Nagar constituency were decided to be deferred to May 28.
What action will the Election Commission decide, moving forward is undecided yet. More details on the incident to follow soon. Stay tuned with LatestLY for latest news and updates about Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018.