The poster battle initiated by Karnataka Congress alleging corruption and ‘40 per cent fee’ cost towards the BJP authorities has not solely left the saffron celebration embarrassed but additionally Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai fuming.
After issuing directions to tear down the posters, which the chief minister mentioned have been geared toward tarnishing his picture, two members of the Congress social media workforce have been detained for questioning by the Bengaluru Crime Department police.
“Two members from our social media workforce have been picked up by the police for questioning on the PayCM poster that we launched to show the 40 per cent BJP sarkar (authorities). Together with our state Congress chief DK Shivakumar, we’re assembly the police to search out out why they’ve detained them,” Priyank Kharge, chairman of the Congress’s communication workforce, confirmed to News18.
CONGRESS’ POSTER ATTACK ON BJP
“The posters are a part of the Congress marketing campaign to show the corrupt BJP authorities. Our senior leaders, together with Shivakumar and Chief of Opposition Siddaramaiah, launched the anti-corruption marketing campaign with the slogan ‘40% Sarkara, BJP Andre Brashtachara’ (40% authorities, BJP means corruption). Each Kannadiga has been affected by BJP’s corruption and with the assistance of our social media workforce, we conceptualised this marketing campaign. PayCM has turn out to be a profitable marketing campaign and has hit the BJP the place it hurts most,” added Kharge.
The QR code on the poster, when scanned, takes folks to the web site launched by the Congress known as www.40percentsarkara.com, which they mentioned allowed the folks of Karnataka to report circumstances of corruption and additional expose the BJP.
CM Bommai ordered an intensive inquiry into the poster incident and an FIR was filed towards “unknown individuals” by the Bengaluru police to research the matter.
Bengaluru Police Commissioner Prathap Reddy issued directions to all deputy commissioners within the metropolis to carefully monitor CCTV footage and monitor down those that have been discovered placing up these posters.
Whereas scouring by way of a whole lot of CCTV digital camera pictures, the police discovered footage of 4 males in an auto-rickshaw pasting the controversial posters at Mekhri Circle within the RT Nagar space. Police officers additionally discovered footage of the posters being hoarded in an area resort.
“The Central Division Police registered circumstances beneath the Public Locations Disfigurement Act. The circumstances have been transferred to the Metropolis Crime Department (CCB),” Reddy mentioned.
Each BR Naidu, previously the social media head of the Congress, and DA Gagan Yadav have been picked up by the police for questioning on Thursday. Whereas Naidu was picked up from his residence in Vasanthnagar, Yadav — son of Congress chief DA Gopal and nephew of former Congress minister A Krishnappa — was picked up from his residence in KR Puram within the wee hours of the morning.
An official of the Congress social media workforce on situation of anonymity defined how the households of each Congressmen started to ship determined messages and make calls to celebration leaders and the social media workforce to assist them.
“They mentioned the police landed on the premature hour and requested the leaders to accompany them. They got here in the course of the evening to make sure that not one of the Congress members can be ready to lift a flag,” the official mentioned.
At round 2.04 am, the KPCC workforce despatched out an official message to the media concerning the incident.
“Pricey media individuals it’s previous 2 am in the course of the evening. Former chairman of KPCC Social Media division BR Naidu was taken by 4 policemen from the Excessive Grounds police station to query him concerning the ‘Pay CM,’ poster. KPCC requests media representatives to please come close to Excessive Grounds. His household is apprehensive. Media representatives are requested to cooperate,” it mentioned.
THE BRAINS BEHIND THE CONCEPT
The Congress communications workforce led by Kharge has been the brains behind the marketing campaign. The workforce says after the official launch by the KPCC, the toll-free helpline quantity — 8447704040 — launched for folks to register their complaints towards the federal government has been buzzing continuous. The intention was to permit folks to register their complaints after they have been compelled to pay corrupt officers or politicians for a job, allocation or every other public curiosity work.
The toll-free quantity with a WhatsApp facility has been receiving paperwork and movies from folks throughout the state which reveals rampant corruption, Congress mentioned.
“We additionally printed a charge card with this. What is exclusive about that is that the charges ranging from the CM’s chair to the police constable’s job usually are not fabricated by us however are a collation of data and statements made by BJP leaders, MLAs, MLCs , contractors affiliation, and so on,” the chief defined.
Kharge added: “We bought an attention-grabbing doc of an officer from the horticulture division who, whereas clearing a file, has written 10 per cent fee for the minister on paper. We’ve been receiving a number of paperwork like this on this toll-free quantity.”
BJP sources say celebration leaders usually are not bothered by the Congress marketing campaign as it’s nothing however “an act of desperation” and it’s identified that the Congress will be unable to struggle the upcoming elections based mostly on improvement and governance. BJP sources near technique and planning instructed News18 that the celebration is not going to take the malicious marketing campaign severely.
Nonetheless, News18 has learnt that the celebration’s social media workforce has posted a number of movies of corrupt Congressmen and is within the strategy of pulling out corruption circumstances and scams throughout the Congress regime in addition to different damaging movies that might expose Congress leaders, say sources.
NOT THE FIRST POSTER WAR
This was not the primary time that Bommai has confronted an embarrassing poster. On September 17, when the Karnataka CM was visiting Hyderabad, large billboards that mentioned ‘Welcome 40% CM’ have been seen throughout Telangana’s capital. This got here amidst one other poster battle between the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and BJP simply earlier than Union House Minister Amit Shah’s rally on Telangana Liberation Day.
Bommai reacted sharply to the dig, calling it a political conspiracy that might even “spoil ties between the 2 states”.
The BJP’s social media workforce launched a counter-attack on the identical strains because the Congress. They put out QR-code posters with the faces of Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar with the tagline — Redo and ED — referring to the cash laundering circumstances towards Shivakumar being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate and the alleged denotification rip-off the place Siddaramaiah reportedly illegally de-notified 600 acres of land when he was chief minister.
One of many BJP posters learn: “Public discover, don’t let these two come close to you. Redo, Siddaramaiah, and ED, DK Shivakumar. Avoid Congress, which has looted the state. Scan this code to throw out this corrupt duo who’ve looted the state and spoiled it. How they spoilt the state, telling lies.”