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Bengaluru Voter Data Theft: What Political, Legal Action Did Cong & BJP Take?

Why has both the BJP and Congress written to ECI?

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The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress in Karnataka are at loggerheads over the voter data theft case, after Bengaluru Police arrested the director of the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Chilume, Krishnappa Ravikumar for allegedly illegally collecting voters' personal data.

What's happening now?

While the Congress submitted a memorandum to the election commission, the BJP too wrote a letter to the chief election commissioner on 23 November, 2022.

But that's not all.

Bengaluru Voter Data Theft: What Political, Legal Action Did Cong & BJP Take?

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Why Did the Congress Move ECI?

The Congress in Karnataka has claimed that Chilume has links with the BJP.

The accusation:

  • The BJP hired Chilume and issued fake ID cards, signed by electoral officers in 28 constituencies, to the NGO.

  • In the pretext of spreading awareness, Chilume was committing fraud, cheating, and impersonating Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials, under the political patronage of Chief minister Basavaraj Bommai.

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What's BJP's Counter?

The BJP has also sought action against Chilume for voter data theft. However, the ruling party has denied any connection with the NGO.

The defence:

  • BJP has claimed that it was Congress which employed Chilume the first time in 2018.

  • Deletion of names from voting list was carried out by Election Commission of India and its officers, independent of the state government's involvement, to ensure there were no double entries.

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Politics aside, what is being done?

Both Karnataka Police and BBMP have taken action, at least nominally.

What has the Bengaluru police done?

  • Halasuru Gate Police has arrested seven persons in connection with the case.

  • The police have also questioned 45 electoral registration officers and their assistants, working for the BBMP, who were allegedly responsible for issuing fake ID cards.

What has the BBMP done?

  • The BBMP has suspended three of its revenue officers who also acted as electoral officers in Assembly constituencies of Mahadevapura, Chikkapete, and Shivaji Nagar.

  • A departmental enquiry has been initiated against all three.

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