Nikhil Kumaraswamy nomination paper row: Mandya DC transferred ?
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Nikhil Kumaraswamy nomination paper row: Mandya DC transferred ?

April 1, 2019

Election Officers begin probe into Mar. 20 power cut row

Mandya: Following complaints of poll-related violations to allegedly help JD(S) candidate from Mandya Nikhil Kumaraswamy, the Election Commission has reportedly transferred Mandya Deputy Commissioner N. Manjushree who is the  Returning Officer.

The Commission has taken the step following complaints from Sumalatha Ambarish that the DC, as Returning Officer, had helped Nikhil.

Sumalatha, who is contesting as an Independent candidate from Mandya, had complained and had alleged that the District Election Officers were favouring Nikhil, the son of Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy who is contesting against her as a JD(S)-Congress coalition candidate.

She accused the District Election Commission of trying to help her opponent illegally. She has also demanded the resignation or transfer of the DC for what she called misuse of official machinery to help a  political candidate.

Sources said that the Election Commission has ordered Manjushree’s transfer after the State Election Officers including State Election Commissioner Sanjiv Kumar and Regional Commissioner T.K. Anil Kumar have submitted a report. However, the order copy of the transfer is awaited.

Claiming that Nikhil has been allotted Serial no.1 in the EVM, Sumalatha questioned why she was allotted Serial no. 20, with her name appearing in the second EVM. Continuing her tirade against the CM, Sumalatha alleged that the Mandya DC Office was being controlled by the CM’s office.

According to Sumalatha, it is illegal to allot serial number ‘01’ to a regional party candidate. “The District Election Officer, also Deputy Commissioner, N. Manjushree is involved in irregularities due to pressure from Chief Minister. The intention is to create confusion among the voters. One Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) can accommodate the names of only 16 candidates. So, Sumalatha’s name will be on the second EVM. This will lead to confusion among the voters,” she said.

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Election officers probed Sumalatha’s allegation that Nikhil was given Serial Number 1 in the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) in violation of rules and after ignoring alphabetical or the serial number order of the political parties based on national vote count. They also looked into allegations that Nikhil’s nomination papers/affidavit was not valid and DC Manjushree had helped him to rectify  the mistakes.

Power cut controversy : Meanwhile, election officers have begun a probe into the allegation of power cut on Mar. 20 when Sumalatha filed her nomination papers where a massive road show was held. Sumalatha has alleged that seeing the crowd, officials of Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Company (CESC) were directed by the powers that be to cut power supply in Mandya so that people cannot watch the rally on TVs.

Probing the allegation, Election officers visited the CESC office this morning and collected data through Meter Reading Machine.

Officials are collecting data since the last 6 months from three sub-stations in Mandya.When Nikhil filed his papers on Mar. 25, Mandya Superintendent of Police Shivaprakash Devaraj had allegedly written to CESC officials to ensure that there is no power cut.


9 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Nikhil Kumaraswamy nomination paper row: Mandya DC transferred ?”

  1. Boregowda says:

    The JDS and Congress are manipulating and controlling the election at Mandya. Where are Rahul and Priyanka’s assurances for a fairplay or they happy to play the role of Shakuni.

  2. ankeatas says:

    Would not rely on Rahul assurance, as he seems to be an early born child. He himself does not know what he wants in his life. Am just worried of Foul play in this election, For sure we cannot expect Zero foul play Scenario from JDS, But somehow pray for a smooth fair Election in Mandya.

  3. Common Man says:

    Bureaucrats work their way to their position with hard work and dedication to serve the Country.

    Will this hire and fire policy by politicians cease.

    God save us all.

  4. PS says:

    Losers do not have the guts to fight straight. They have brought multiple Sumalathas to file nomination to mainly CONFUSE the people of Mandya and that itself explains their honesty and love towards the people of Mandya. These people deserve ZERO vote in this election.

  5. PS says:

    Thank god this corrupt officical is getting transferred. She was also being used to the government’s benefit in that stupid Disneyland in KRS project! Thank you Sumalatha for this.

  6. Benami says:

    In my younger days, I heard a story about Saukar Chenniah’s election from Mandya. He was courting the voters by giving money, and lavish dinners. When the election result was announced,6 Chenniah was furious that he lost. The voters who took money from him and enjoyed his dinners but voted for his opponent!

  7. Rao says:

    DC is cleared of any wrong doing and is not transferred and everything she conducted is as per law.
    Can you check again and update the article with clarification.
    Its so unethical to report wrongly with question mark just to appease a particular party.

  8. charles says:

    Mannina maga devegowda is turning into a Mannu thinnisuva maga i n Mandya.
    If congress is helping in this type of biased blatant and brash ways of the gowda family it will lose its credibility among voters and finally fall into oblivion in karnataka

    Congress Take care or Perish

  9. ankeatas says:

    Kalnanmakkalu Bari Kuttumba Rajkhiya. Kumarswamy heltane, Moorne manushya avar Kuttumbadhinda Rajkhiyakke barolla. Thooo Avan Sull Janmake

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