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Sumalatha Ambareesh cries foul: Govt snooping, tapping my phone

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Mar 26, 2019, 6:19 am IST
Updated Mar 26, 2019, 6:19 am IST
Independent candidate fears threat to her life, accuses govt of posting cops in plain clothes.
Independent candidate from Mandya Sumalatha Ambareesh meets BJP state president B.S. Yeddyurappa at his residence at Dollars Colony in Bengaluru on Monday. (Photo:  KPN)
 Independent candidate from Mandya Sumalatha Ambareesh meets BJP state president B.S. Yeddyurappa at his residence at Dollars Colony in Bengaluru on Monday. (Photo: KPN)

Bengaluru: In a stinging complaint to the Election Commission, independent candidate Mrs Sumalatha Ambareesh on Monday feared a threat to her life, and accused the state government of eves dropping on conversations over her phones as well as posting policemen in plain clothes outside her residence to report on visitors to her residence.

In the complaint she said these policemen in plain clothes were clicking pictures of visitors to her place since a month, but refused to speak up when confronted by her. Besides, tapping of her telephone was gross misuse of government machinery and therefore the Election Commission should initiate appropriate action against the accused.

 

She said she feared threat to her life in the wake of an attack by miscreants on the residence of actor Darshan after he extended support to her and participated in rallies which she addressed in Mandya constituency.

Quoting her supporters, she complained that leaders of JD (S) offered Rs 1000 to each house in the district plus Rs 500 for every individual to attend today's rally held after Mr Nikhil Kumaraswamy, son of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, filed his nomination papers in Mandya. This clearly reflected the manner in which JD (S) leaders were making arrangements for people to attend rally.

She slammed Mr Kumaraswamy for playing audio cassettes to confuse voters and said it was unbecoming of him to indulge in such tactics.

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Location: India, Karnataka, Bengaluru




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