Karnataka's Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar earlier confirmed that almost 9,746 counterfeit voter ID cards, five laptops and one printer were found in a flat located in the Raja Rajeshwari Nagar constituency of Bengaluru, one of the 223 constituencies where voting will be held.
Sanjiv Kumar also said that several survey forms were found along with pan cards, drivers licences, phone numbers and details of pension plans.
The row over the 9,000-odd voter identity cards found at a house in Bengaluru's Rajarajeshwarinagar has resulted in political mudslinging, with major parties blaming each other of the crime. "Apartment was raided not by police or EC but by BJP workers", Surjewala alleged at a press conference on the early hours of Wednesday here.More news: US Embassy Makes Preparation For Jerusalem Move
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With just three days left before Karnataka goes to poll, the BJP and the ruling Congress on Wednesday engaged in a war of words after almost 10,000 "fake" voter ID cards were seized from a flat in Rajrajeshwari Assembly seat. The state election commission swept into action and convened a press conference at around midnight. I am the only son of Manjula Nanjamari. The flat under question was given on rent to a woman named Rekha Ranjan and not Rakesh for office-cum-residence. Congress corporator from Yeshwanthpur G.K.Venkatesh and Mr. Natraja, who is a close aide of Raja Rajeshwari Nagar constituency MLA Munirathna Naidu, have been arrested in this connection. Speaking to TV channels, Manjula confessed that she was not active in the BJP but said she is identified with the party.
Raising a pointing finger at the Congress, he said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) never indulges in such activities, while the former has been doing such activities. "This is the philosophy of the Congress....if voters do not vote for you, create fake voters", he said while claiming that a "fake voter ID printing factory" was being run in Manjula's flat.
"The Congress ran an a fake I-Card issuance office there.this is what they are best at", he said. "So, we demand countermanding of polls in this constituency at RR Nagar", he added. Congress Spokesman R S Surjiwala dismissed the charge as a lie.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala has alleged that the former BJP corporator Manjula Nanjamari was involved in the "scam".