A day after the Election Commission inspected the luggage of BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa, the flying squad of the poll body on Wednesday conducted searches of the luggage of Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy in his chopper as soon as it landed at a helipad in Shivamogga district of the state.
While recoveries during the searches have not yet been revealed by the Election Commission, it has been reported that the poll body was conducting regular searches ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in the state. The JD(S) leader was in the district for his election campaigning.
Earlier in April, Kumaraswamy's SUV was stopped at a check-post in Hassan district, and was searched.
On Tuesday, the flying squad of the EC carried out searches on former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa's luggage at a helipad in Shivamogga.
Earlier on April 16, Kumaraswamy broke down at an event in Mandya district while addressing a gathering. Coming down heavily on media for "hampering governance", the JDS leader had said:
"I am hurt deeply. From the day I became the chief minister they (media) never let me govern the state peacefully. Not one day they spared me. Media speculating about government collapse and hampering governance. It's my misfortune".
Amid speculations of him quitting the Congress-JD(S) alliance, the NDA has approached him for an alliance in the state of Karnataka.
Union Social Justice Minister and Republican Party of India(A) president Ramdas Athawale on April 15 said the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka will not last long and asked Kumaraswamy to join hands with BJP for the state's welfare.
The state goes to polls in two phases, the first of which will be held on April 18, followed by the third phase on April 23. With 28 Lok Sabha seats, Karnataka holds a sizeable chunk of the 130 seats in South India.