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EC confirms seizure of 9,764 voter ID cards and over a lakh counterfoils for additional new names in electoral rolls

The battleground Karnataka just got dirtier as political parties fight tooth and nail to win the big election during the run-up to the 2019 general elections. Last night, thousands of voter ID cards, neatly bundled, were found in an apartment in Bengaluru along with laptops, printers and about one lakh form six counterfoils used for new addition of names in the electoral rolls which were seized by the Election Commission.

As of now, FIR has been registered and further investigation is underway.

While the voter cards were found to be genuine, the significance of the counterfoil is under investigation. In a statement released by the EC, it states that the apartment where the voter IDs were discovered belongs to one Manjula Nanjamuri which is rented out to one Sri Rakesh.

This triggered allegations and counter allegations by both the political parties, each accusing the other of trying to rig the elections. While Congress spokesperson held a midnight press conference to accuse the owner of the flat is a BJP leader, BJP’s Prakash Javadekar denied Nanjamuri being part of BJP any longer.

The BJP on Tuesday night demanded countermanding of elections in RajRajeshwariNagar constituency of Karnataka in the light of latest revelations of the seizure of ‘fake’ voter ID. As of now, the Returning Officer along with other EC officers are present at the flat for further investigation.

We had reported yesterday how IT sleuths had raided a resort connected to Congress in the Badami, one of the two constituencies from which Siddaramaiah will be fighting these elections. With the elections heating up, authorties seem to be doing the best they can to ensure free and fair elections.

Karnataka goes for voting on 12th May across the state and results are to be announced on 15th May.

Note: This is a developing story and we shall update the same when fresh information pours in.

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