Cong approaches EC against bogus Photo ID cards in Karnataka

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New Delhi, May 9 (UNI) A Congress delegation led by AICC Treasurer Motilal Vora today complained to the Election Commission about manufacturing of bogus Electronic Photo Identity Cards (EPIC) by BJP workers for the three-phase Karnataka Assembly elections, in connivance with the employees of a Bangalore-based firm which has been given contract of making the cards.

They also complained to the Chief Election Commissioner that the BJP workers were buying EPIC issued by the Election Commission to the minority voters in Bangalore City.

"We apprehend that these cards will be used by the BJP during voting," alleged the delegation, which also consisted of Mr Ahmed Patel, R K Dhawan and Dr Abishek Manu Singhvi.

A letter in this regard had already been sent to the Commission by the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee through the Chief Electoral Officer of Karnataka.

The delegation pointed out that the BJP workers had issued bogus identity cards to voters in the last Gujarat Assembly elections in 2007 when they connived with the company which was given the contract of manufacturing EPIC.

They said cases were also registered against them but after the formation of the BJP government in the state, all the cases were hushed up.

The delegation urged the Commission to look into the matter to ensure a free and fair election in Karnataka.

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