Watch: “We are BJP leaders, don’t know why Prakash Javadekar lied”, says report

Times Now channel has reported that the son of Manjula Nanjamari, in whose Jalahalli flat over 9,000 voter IDs were ‘discovered’, has said that he, his mother and cousin Rakesh are all BJP leaders

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NH Web Desk

Manjula Nanjamari—in whose Jalahalli, Bengaluru house more than 9,000 voter ID cards were found in poll bound Karnataka—has been a BJP member for years and continues to be one, her son Sridhar told the Times Now news channel on Wednesday. Nanjamari’s house is presently occupied by her nephew Rakesh.

When told that Union Minister Prakash Javadekar had said his mother had quit BJP and rejoined Congress in 2013, Sridhar said Javadekar “has no information about his mother” and that his mother, although not active in the party, is still “100% a BJP supporter”.

Speaking to Times Now, Sridhar said, “she is still with the BJP and because of health issues she could not canvass for the party” for the Karnataka elections.

Rubbishing BJP’s claims his mother left the BJP in 2013 to join the Congress party and hence she belongs to the Congress party, he claimed that he, Manjula and Rakesh—Manjula’s nephew who claimed that she was assisting a Congress candidate in this election—are all core BJP workers.

Times Now’s video report can be seen below:

Earlier, NDTV reported that sources in the Election Commission said BJP’s request to countermand the assembly election in the Rajarajeshwari Nagar segment of Bengaluru after the voter IDs were found in the Jalahalli flat, were “far-fetched” and “not possible”.

Late on May 8 night, BJP Union Minister Sadananda Gowda claimed to have personally visited and discovered thousands of voter IDs in the flat in Jalahalli, Bengaluru. Javadekar had alleged “This is Congress conspiracy to rig election in the face of their imminent defeat".

However, the Congress alleged that the flat where the voter IDs were found belonged to BJP leader Manjula Nanjamari.

This article was updated at 14.23 pm on May 9, 2018 to correct the information about Election Commission dismissing BJP’s appeal to countermand the election in Rajarajeshwari Nagar. In fact an NDTV report said sources in the Election Commission said BJP’s request to countermand the election Rajarajeshwari Nagar were “far-fetched” and “not possible” . The error is regretted

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Published: 9 May 2018, 2:10 PM