Karnataka bypolls deferred: Congress general secretary KC Venugopal slams state govt, says EC acting on BJP's directions

  • Congress general secretary KC Venugopal on Thursday took a jibe at the BJP-ruled government in Karnataka and said that the Election Commission (EC) is acting on state government's direction

  • Venugopal's comments came after the poll body informed the Supreme Court that it would defer the upcoming bypolls to 15 Assembly constituencies in Karnataka till the top court takes a decision on the 17 disqualified MLAs

  • The apex court said that it would hear the arguments in the Karnataka MLAs disqualification matter on 22 October

New Delhi: Congress general secretary KC Venugopal on Thursday took a jibe at the BJP-ruled government in Karnataka and said that the Election Commission (EC) is acting on state government's direction.

 Karnataka bypolls deferred: Congress general secretary KC Venugopal slams state govt, says EC acting on BJPs directions

File image of Congress general secretary KC Venugopal. ANI

Venugopal's comments came after the poll body informed the Supreme Court that it would defer the upcoming bypolls to 15 Assembly constituencies in Karnataka till the top court takes a decision on the 17 disqualified MLAs.

Expressing shock over EC's statement, Venugopal told ANI, "The Election Commission acts on the directions of the Centre." Venugopal said that the top court's order has jolted the BJP. "They are now hesitant to fight the elections."

The apex court said that it would hear the arguments in the Karnataka MLAs disqualification matter on 22 October. The bypolls were scheduled to be held on 21 October and the result was supposed to be announced on 24 October. The legislators have sought relief to contest the Assembly elections for 15 Assembly seats in the state.

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Updated Date: Sep 27, 2019 09:38:05 IST