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EC probing cash-for-votes charge against Shivakumar

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

The (EC) has ordered an inquiry into a charge by the BJP that distributed cash to voters ahead of the May 19 by-election in the segment in Dharwad, an said on Tuesday.

"We have asked our to inquire into the allegation that the was distributing cash to voters and community leaders," Karnataka's (CEO) told IANS here.

In a complaint to the state on Monday, BJP legal cell member alleged that Shivakumar, staying at near (about 410 km from Bengaluru) and campaigning for candidate Kusumavati Channabasappa, was distributing cash to also local influential leaders to distribute it to the voters ahead of the polling day.

"As the BJP complaint was without audio or video evidence, we have asked the DEO to crosscheck with our flying squads and observers deployed in the Assembly segment to prevent any malpractice or violation of the model code of conduct," said Jagadeesha.

The party candidate (Kusumavati) is the widow of for Municipalities C.S. Shivalli, whose death on March 22 necessitated the bye-poll.

The BJP had fielded S.I. Chikkanagoudar, who lost to Shivalli by just 633 votes in Assembly elections in May 2018.



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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 20:48 IST