Draupadi Murmu

Days after presidential polls, Congress writes to EC against Draupadi Murmu, alleges poll code violation

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The party’s branch in Karnataka accused the state’s governing BJP of using bribes and other inducements to influence MLAs. Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah and state Congress president DK Shivakumar submitted the complaint, in which the party claimed that voting legislators were given opulent lodging in a five-star hotel. Tuesday, two days after the presidential vote, Congress filed a complaint with the Election Commission (EC) stating that Draupadi Murmu, the NDA candidate, and others had broken the law.

Draupadi Murmu

The party’s branch in Karnataka accused the state’s governing BJP of using bribes and other inducements to influence MLAs. Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah and state Congress president DK Shivakumar submitted the complaint, in which the party claimed that voting legislators were given opulent lodging in a five-star hotel.

According to a report of ANI, the complaint was filed by the Congress and named Murmu, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, BJP State President Nalin Kumar Kateel, Senior BJP Leader BS Yediyurappa, BJP Chief Whip in the Assembly Satish Reddy, Ministers, and others.

“Other senior BJP leaders got together and invited all the BJP MLAs to a five-star hotel here and provided them with luxurious rooms, meals, liquor, drinks and entertainment on the pretext of training the MLAs on voting in the presidential election,” Leaders of Congress stated in the complaint. “By giving all these facilities to the legislators of the BJP leaders, they have given undue influence to vote in favour of Draupadi Murmu. This is a violation of the Election Code,” they added in the complaint.

In addition to the Parliament building and 30 centres inside state legislative assembly, there were 31 venues where voters may cast their ballots for president on Monday from 10 am to 5 pm. MPs and MLAs who had been elected participated in the vote.

On July 21 in the morning, the votes will be tallied to determine who would serve as India’s 15th president.

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