Just before the dates for Karnataka elections were to be announced, a video surfaced showing Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar showering currency notes during a roadshow on Tuesday.
During his roadshow in Bevinahalli in Mandya district, Shivakumar can be seen flinging notes of Rs 500 from the rooftop of a bus in a video.
#WATCH | Karnataka Congress Chief DK Shivakumar was seen throwing Rs 500 currency notes on the artists near Bevinahalli in Mandya district during the ‘Praja Dhwani Yatra’ organized by Congress in Srirangapatna. (28.03) pic.twitter.com/aF2Lf0pksi
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Praja Dhwani Yatra
Shivakumar, who is seen by many a s a chief ministerial candidate of the Congress party, was taking out a Congress ‘Praja Dhwani Yatra’ in the run-up to the Karnataka election.
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Shivakumar, from the Vokkaliga community, has been campaigning extensively in Mandya, a stronghold of the powerful Vokkaliga community.
The district has been a bastion of HD Kumaraswamy headed Janata Dal (S) and the party had won seven seats in the district in 2018 assembly elections. Shivakumar has been aiming to make a dent in the JD(S) votebank in the district by appealing to the Vokkaliga community about his caste credentials.
Ready for polls
The Congress has already come out with its first list for the 224-member assembly election. The party has announced 124 candidates in its first list.
In the outgoing Karnataka assembly, the BJP has 121 seats, the Congress 70 and the JD(S) 30 seats.
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When the 2018 election results came out, the BJP emerged as the single-largest party with 104 seats but fell short of the majority mark. The Congress and the JD(S) then formed the government by coming together.
In 2019, after mass resignations from the Congress and JD(S), the BJP formed a government with the support of rebel MLAs, many of whom were made ministers later.