EC books case against BJP MP Tejasvi Surya for ‘seeking votes on grounds of religion’

Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer said the poll body filed a complaint against Tejasvi Surya for soliciting votes on the grounds of religion.

BySouth First Desk

Published Apr 26, 2024 | 4:50 PM Updated Apr 26, 2024 | 7:40 PM

Tejasvi Surya adressing the press

Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) said on Friday, 26 April, that the Election Commission (EC) booked a case against BJP MP Tejasvi Surya for soliciting votes on the grounds of religion.

Surya is the president of BJP Yuva Morcha and incumbent Bangalore South MP. He is contesting to the Lok Sabha from the same constituency.

“Case is booked against Tejasvi Surya MP and Candidate of Bengaluru South PC on 25.04.24 at Jayanagar PS u/s 123(3) for posting a video in X handle and soliciting votes on the ground of religion,” said the CEO in a post on X.

On Friday, the Lok Sabha elections are being held in 14 constituencies in Karnataka, including Bengaluru. The general election in Karnataka is being held in two phases — on 26 April and 7 May.

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The video

On Thursday, Surya posted a video of the Ayodhya Ram Temple on X claiming that Narendra Modi granted the wishes of crores of “Bharatiyas”.

“Our generation was blessed to witness the majestic Surya Tilak on Bhagwan Shri Ram at Ayodhya on Ram Navami. A wait for almost 500 years & a wish of crores of Bharatiyas was fulfilled by PM Shri @narendramodi Ji. For Bharatiyata to survive, vote for BJP!,” the MP wrote on X, seeking votes for the BJP.

CT Ravi booked

Meanwhile, on Friday, BJP leader CT Ravi was booked for allegedly promoting hatred and enmity between citizens through his social media posts, the Election Commission said.

The action was initiated by the election officials of Chikkamagaluru, they said.

Karnataka CEO said Chikkamagaluru election Officials booked an FIR against CT Ravi for his post on X for a violation under the Representation of the People Act and 505(2) (Statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes) of the Indian Penal Code in Basavanahalli police station for allegedly promoting hatred and enmity between different classes of citizens.