Karnataka Deputy CM DK Shivakumar accused of election code violation amidst Lok Sabha campaign

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In a sensational turn of events, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar has been registered with a police case for allegedly violating the model code of conduct during his campaign for the Lok Sabha elections. The accusations center around a controversial promise to provide Cauvery river water to Bengaluru voters if they support his brother, DK Suresh, in the Bangalore Rural constituency.

During a rally, a video surfaced on social media showing DK Shivakumar engaging with voters in a housing society within his brother’s constituency. He was purportedly heard offering a “business deal” to the residents, promising the supply of much-needed Cauvery river water in exchange for their votes. “I am here for a business meeting. You want Cauvery water and the CA site. All other issues are small. If I get these done, what will you do to me?” Shivakumar stated, according to the video.

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The state Election Commissioner has deemed such actions a violation of the model code, categorizing them as “bribery and undue influence at elections.” This case emerges as Bengaluru grapples with a severe water shortage, heightening the gravity of Shivakumar’s alleged promises. Bengaluru, already facing a critical water crisis due to insufficient rainfall, relies heavily on the Cauvery river and groundwater for its daily needs, with the city requiring between 2,600 and 2,800 million liters of water per day.

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This incident has sparked outrage among the public and opposition, criticizing the use of essential resources like water as a bargaining chip in electoral politics. The BJP and other political parties have condemned Shivakumar’s statements as a desperate attempt to sway voters amidst a critical public utility crisis.

As Karnataka prepares for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, set to be held in two phases on April 26 and May 7, with results announced on June 4, this scandal has cast a shadow over the electoral integrity in the state. The allegations against DK Shivakumar could potentially alter voter perceptions and dynamics in the region, especially against the backdrop of such a pressing civic issue as water scarcity.

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The situation involving DK Shivakumar is a potent reminder of the complex interplay between politics and resource management in India. This incident may not only affect his and his party’s image but also prompt a broader discourse on the ethics of electoral conduct and the urgent need for sustainable water management solutions in urban India.

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