The Congress has filed a complaint to the Election Commission against BJP President Amit Shah for election code violation in Karnataka. This was after Shah invoked religion while seeking votes after the EC announced the date of Karnataka assembly polls earlier this week.
In its written complaint to both the Chief Electoral Officer of Karnataka and the Election Commission of India, the Karnataka unit of Congress wrote, “The National President of BJP Shri Amit Shah recently made statements against the Chief Minister of Karnataka Shri Siddaramaiah, which are in violation of the Representation of People’s Act 1950-51. His statements against the CM is in contravention of sections 123(3A) and 125 of the aforementioned act read with sections 153A and 188 of the Indian Penal Code.”
Addressing the media in Davanagere in Karnataka on 27 March, Shah had said, “..But, he should look at how the Karnataka government is dividing even Hindus, let alone other religions. In reality, Siddaramaiah is not pro-Ahinda but Ahindu (Anti-Hindu).”
The complaint by the Congress said, “As you would realise, this statement is not just violative of the Representation of People’s Act, 1950-51 but also has the tendency of dividing the society on communal lines, which is an offence under Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code. We would therefore request you to take appropriate steps in the matter by initiating criminal action forthwith for the same, which would result in due investigation to bring the guilty to book.”
The Election Commission on 27 March had announced that the election in Karnataka will take place on 12 May, while the counting will take place on 15 May. Shah, in the same media briefing, had made a huge faux pas by calling the government led by BS Yeddyurappa, his party’s chief ministerial candidate, the most corrupt.