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Politicians find convincing ways to woo voters

Krishnaprasad

‘Party workers found laying underground drainage lines and drilling borewell’


Two FIRs filed in this connection with the

J.P. Nagar Police

Official says it will be difficult to get concrete evidence against politicians


Bangalore: Gone are the days of distributing saris and utensils to woo voters. The politicians of the Silicon City have found more convincing ways such as laying underground drainage lines and drilling a borewell at their own cost.

Even while several civil works taken up by the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) are going on at a snail’s pace due to the coming Assembly elections, some persons at Puttenahalli’s Sarakki Thota, near J.P. Nagar, were found digging up the soil to lay pipes.

The officials in charge of the elections, who received information about this, made a preliminary inquiry and found that neither had the BBMP taken up any such work nor had any permission been granted to a private firm or individual to carry out the work.

Following the inquiry, the officials raided the place. The workers fled leaving behind material they had brought. The officials seized the material, including the pipes stocked near the area.

According to an officer, who wished to remain anonymous, the work was taken up by some political party workers. A first information report (FIR) has been registered in this connection with the J.P. Nagar Police but no one has been named in it.

Second incident

In another case, some persons, also said to be connected with a political party, had allegedly been entrusted with the work of drilling a borewell in a public place.

The officials monitoring violation of the election code of conduct and the BBMP were taken aback when they found out about an attempt to drill a borewell near Puttenhalli circle. After finding out that none of the civic agencies had authorised any person to do such work, the officials seized drilling rigs and a lorry belonging to a private company engaged in drilling borewells. An FIR has been registered in this regard with the J.P. Nagar Police.

An officer supervising the enforcement of the code of conduct, told The Hindu that it would be difficult to get concrete evidence about the direct involvement of political leaders in these activities. However, investigation would throw light on the persons behind them and the action initiated would discourage others,he said.

The officer added that instances of attempting to violate the code of conduct were on the rise with parties announcing the names of candidates.

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