As the by-elections in Karnataka are approaching, the model code of conduct has been put in place in the state. However, a recent video has shown how Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai violated the model code of conduct on Thursday and refused to stop his car at a checkpoint. In the video, guards at a checkpoint can be seen signaling Bommai's car to stop for a security check. However, the car makes its way past the guards without stopping for checking.
The checkpoint was set up at Hanekere near Mandya in Karnataka. The State Election Commission has ordered investigations after the video showing violation of the model code of conduct surfaced.
Video shows Bommai pass through check post, refuses to stop car
#KarnatakaBypolls— T Raghavan (@NewsRaghav) November 21, 2019
Blatant violation of model code of conduct. Home minister @BSBommai refused to stop his car for checking at an election checkpoint at Hanekere near Mandya.@indiatvnews @ceo_karnataka pic.twitter.com/qhQupbPtEX
Karnataka will go to polls on December 5. The last date of withdrawal is November 21 and the votes will be counted on December 9.
The by-elections in Karnataka will be held in Athani, Kagwad, Gokak, Yellapura, Hirekerur, Ranibennur, Vijaynagara, Chickballapura, K.R. Pura, Yeshwanthpura, Mahalakshmi Layout, Shivajinagara, Hosakote, K.R. Pete and Hunsur.
The by-elections have been necessitated by the disqualification of 14 Congress and 3 JD-S rebel legislators after they quit the Assembly in July protesting against the coalition government's poor functioning.
Though former Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar disqualified 17 rebel lawmakers on July 25-28 for reportedly defying their party whips, by-elections to Muski (Raichur district) and R.R. Nagar (Bengaluru southwest) have been delayed due to litigation in the Karnataka High Court over their results in the May 2018 Assembly polls.