Bengaluru, April 8: A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had accused a Congress leader of giving cash to voters ahead of Karnataka by-polls, a video has emerged on Saturday in which the BJP state leader BS Yeddyurappa can be seen handing over money to a family. The moment was caught on camera in which it can be clearly seen BS Yeddyurappa giving cash to a woman in Chamrajnagar district, around 150 km away from Bengaluru.
On Sunday, two assembly seats – Gundlupet which comes under Chamrajnagar district and Nanjangud – will go to polls. In Gundlupet, the by-polls are held due to the death of Congress leader HS Mahadeva Prasad, who had been winning from this constituency for last 23 years. From Gundlupet, his wife, Gita Mahadeva Prasad, is contesting from Congress ticket.
The video which has gone viral on social media in which it can be seen BS Yeddyurappa giving a bundle of Rs 2,000 notes to a woman crying near his feet. The video has also been submitted to the Election Commission who are examining it. However, we at India.com cannot verify the authenticity of the video and the Election Commission has not given any official comment on the matter.
Some BJP leaders claimed that the money was given by BS Yeddyurappa as a compensation to the family, as a few days ago a breadwinner of the same family had committed suicide due to the agrarian crisis. Some reports claim that the money given to the distressed woman was Rs 1 lakh, but there is no official confirmation. Also, there are no reports that the money was given by the BJP leader from Chief Minister’s personal funds or the party fund.
But after the model code of conduct is in force in the state, giving money to voters is an offence. Congress workers had claimed that the former Chief Minister had given 50 notes of Rs 2,000 to the woman, Rs 1 lakh in total.
The video started surfacing a day after BJP had lodged a complaint against Congress women’s wing president Lakshmi Hebbalkar’s accusing her of distributing money, following up on the video which showed her holding bundles of notes on Monday.
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Senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily attacked BS Yeddyurappa and said it was unfortunate to see BJP leader indulging in corrupt practice. But he also that he was not surprised and recalled how the powerful Lingayata leader had launched Operation Kamala “which affected several MLAs that time”.