Bangalore, March 27: The election scene is hotting up in Karnataka and it is going to be a dirty war. A sample of dirty tricks was displayed today by the Janata Dal Secular.
The party today accused senior Congress leader D K Shivakumar of violating the model code of conduct by distributing goodies to woo voters of Kanakapura constituency in the run-up to the May 5 Assembly polls.
"Shivakumar has violated the model code of conduct by distributing sarees, watercans, wrist-watches and T-shirts to woo voters," senior JDS leader P G R Sindhia told reporters here. Sindhia is also likely to be JDS candidate from Kanakpura. Sindhia displayed sarees, watercans, wrist-watches and T-shirts, some of the items had DKS printed on them.
Sindhia alleged that the Congress leader was also indulging in manipulation of the voters' list in collusion with the officials.
In a petition submitted to the Chief Electoral Officer of Karnataka, the JDS asked the Election Commission to issue a notice to Shivakumar and take suitable action for violation of code of conduct, Sindhia said.
Sindhia also took on the ruling BJP for encouraging fringe saffron parties including Sri Rama Sene and Bajrang Dal. "They are one, but having different masks. We will complain about it to the Chief Election Commissioner's team," he said.