Cong MLA arrives with help to cast vote, Revanna lambasts

Submitted by Kumuda on Sat, 2016-06-11 12:02 Bengaluru: The biennial elections being conducted for state's four seats in the Rajya Sabha elections on Saturday witnessed commotion when JD(S) MLA HD Revanna took objection to Congress MLA HG Ramakrishna’s attempt to cast vote with a help. Claiming unwell, Ramakrishna, Member of Legislative Assembly from Kalaburagi rural constituency, came to cast his vote with a help to the state secretariat. When Revanna, who was the JD(S) polling agent, noticed it opposed Ramakrishna's move and took Chief Electoral Officer Anil Kumar Jha to task. CEO Jha and polling officers tried to pacify Revanna saying Ramakrishna had provided a medical certificate and also showed it him. But not convinced, Revanna furiously said it could be a fake medical certificate. "Ramakrishna looks healthy, fit and fine. Why does he need a help to cast his vote? Did he come in an ambulance," thundered Revanna to the polling officers. He also argued with Energy minister DK Shivakumar, who came to defend his party MLA Ramakrishna. While the minister did not buy Revanna's argument, Revanna threatened to walk out of the election. Former Union ministers Oscar Fernandes, Jairam Ramesh and former IPS officer KC Ramamurthy are in the Congress’ fray, Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is BJP candidate while businessman BM Farooq is JD(S) candidate. In the ongoing elections, all the 224 elected members of the State Assembly are expected to cast their vote till 4 pm. Counting would begin at 5 pm and results would be known later on.