Karnataka elections 2018: Karnataka election: Voter ID cards being bought for Rs 100 | India News
That is how the racket works: candidates bribe registered voters, who they imagine wouldn’t vote for them for ideological causes, in trade for his or her electors photograph id playing cards (EPIC).
The value of EPIC playing cards varies from place to position. It’s simply Rs 100 in a Lambani tanda (cluster) in a distant meeting phase of north Karnataka however might go as much as Rs 2,000 for slum dwellers in Bengaluru.
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“I used to be approached by supporters of a BJP candidate who requested me if I needed to get Rs 1,000 for not voting,” Arbaz Khan (title modified), a carpenter in Hebbal, stated. “And I stated, ‘sure’. A few of different absentee voters in my colony acquired a pint of whiskey together with money,” he claimed.
In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Kumar Bangarappa contesting from Shivamogga had alleged that BJP was buying voter ID playing cards at Rs 500 from Muslims and Lambanis in Congress-dominated areas. The actor-turned-politician is contesting on a BJP ticket this time after defecting from the Congress.
State election officers, nonetheless, stated it’s nonetheless not simple to steal a vote. “There’s something known as the vulnerability mapping that the Election Fee has introduced out. We’ve got to search out out whether or not any group of individuals is being prevented from coming to forged their vote. If we discover some proof, now we have energy to countermand the polls,” they added.
Furthermore, a voter may train his or her vote by producing any one of many photograph id proofs issued by authorities businesses, if she or he doesn’t have the voter ID card. “We’ve got sturdy provisions below Part 135 of the Illustration of the Individuals Act, 1951, that cope with rigging polls,” stated Manoj R Rajan, particular commissioner, elections (BBMP).