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B.S. Yeddyurappa in the dock

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Returning Officer files complaint against him for invoking name of Lord Rama

BANGALORE: The Congress on Wednesday scored a moral victory when the Returning Officer in Koppal Assembly constituency filed a criminal complaint against the Bharatiya Janata Party’s chief ministerial candidate, B.S. Yeddyurappa, for invoking the name of Lord Rama in the election campaign and thus violating the model code of conduct.

The Returning Officer has filed the compliant against Mr. Yeddyurappa for hurting the religious sentiments of the people by invoking the name of Lord Rama, officials at the office of the Chief Electoral Office here told presspersons.

State Congress spokesperson V.S. Ugrappa, MLC, on Tuesday submitted a complaint to Chief Electoral Officer M.N. Vidyashankar seeking action against Mr. Yeddyurappa for promoting enmity between voters of different communities by symbolising the BJP as the party of Sri Rama and the Congress and other parties as the party of Ravana (villain/demon). The office of the CEO has despatched the complaint to the Election Commission for appropriate action.

The Congress has alleged that Mr. Yeddyurappa’s statement was meant to induce the electorate to vote in favour of BJP candidates.

Campaign ends

Campaigning for the second phase of elections in 66 Assembly constituencies in 10 districts ended on Wednesday. As many as 590 candidates are contesting.

The Election Commission has deferred the land acquisition process for the multi-crore Bidadi Integrated Township Project, 35 km from Bangalore.

A meeting of the Executive Committee presided over by Governor Rameshwar Thakur a few days ago cleared all procedures for the land acquisition process. The commission, which reviewed the poll preparedness in Dharwad on Tuesday, decided to defer the land acquisition process till the completion of the elections.

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