While politicians all over the country are being banned from campaigning and notices from the Election Commission of India (ECI), yet another instance of model code of conduct violation has occurred in Karnataka.
BJP MLA Shivanagouda Nayak has slammed the current Karnataka Chief Minister H.D Kumaraswamy with a controversial speech, at a rally in Raichuru district in Karnataka, for excess campaign expenditure at Mandya to defeat Sumalatha Ambareesh, widow of Kannada superstar Ambareesh. Nayak is the current MLA of the Raichuru constituency in Karnataka.
"Kumaraswamy has looted our state and is spending 150 crores to ensure that Sumalatha, who is a widow, is defeated in Mandya. Do you call him a Chief Minister? He is a **. Contest the elections honestly and whoever gets higher number of votes will win. You are spending 150 crores to defeat a woman. Is he a man?"
Sumalatha is contesting as an independent candidate backed by the BJP for the Mandya Lok Sabha constituency and faces Kumaraswamy's son actor-turned-politician, Nikhil Gowda of the JD(S). In 2014, the seat was won CS Puttaraju of JD(S) by a mere 5000 votes when he beat current Congress social media head and actor Divya Spandana.
Earlier, BJP MLA CT Ravi had sparked controversy by insinuating one had illicit affairs if someone opposed PM Modi based on his religion.
"If you oppose PM Modi because of religion then you are betraying the home that gives you food or like they in the villages you are a *expletive* , because Modi has never differentiated in implementing any scheme, because someone is a Hindu , muslim or a Christian, and if someone does oppose him because of his religion then it is *expletive*."
Mandya is set to vote in the second phase of elections on April 18. The 2019 Lok Sabha Elections is being held from April 11 to May 19 in seven phases, with the counting of votes scheduled for May 23.