June 23, 2024

BENGALURU EXPRESS

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‘PayCM campaign puts Congress leaders in soup

Bengaluru, Sept. 23: Congress party’s ‘PayCM campaign targeting Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai seems to have put them in soup. Congress chief DK Shivakumar and a few other leaders of the party were detained by the police in the city on Friday. Those arrested includes BK Hariprasad, Priyank Kharge, Randeep Singh Surjewala and other leaders.

The campaign was an offshoot of allegations about leaders of the ruling BJP extracting 40 per cent commission from builders and contractors. The claims have triggered a huge political storm in the state ahead of next year’s assembly elections.

Earlier this week, posters resembling the design of e-wallet Paytm, and carrying the image of Mr Bommai on the QR code with the message “40% accepted here” went viral in the city.

It may be recalled that both opposition party leader Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar had challenged the BJP to arrest them for sticking the PayCM posters.

When scanned, the QR code directs one to a website ‘40% Sarkara’ accusing the Bommai-led BJP government was charging 40 per cent commission on public works. The website was launched a few days ago by Congress.

Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said there will be no let-up in the campaign. “The campaign will continue across the state,” he told reporters.

Calling the campaign an “evil design” Mr Bommai earlier said, “They have given no evidence”.

“It is all politically motivated. I have challenged them to produce proof. During their (Congress) tenure, there were many scams that should be looked into,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

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