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Karnataka: FIRs against BJP leaders Tejasvi Surya, CT Ravi for ‘communally polarising’ voters on social media

Photo: Tejasvi_Surya/X

Karnataka’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) on Friday notified that separate cases have been filed against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Tejasvi Surya and CT Ravi for their hate-inducing social media posts aimed at polarising voters. The cases come as 14 constituencies in the state went to poll today.

CEO Karnataka said BJP’s Surya, Bangalore South candidate, was booked on Thursday for “posting a video in X (formerly Twitter) handle and soliciting votes on the ground of religion.”

Jayanagar police have also filed a case against the Hindutva firebrand, known for his Islamophobic and xenophobic speeches, for posting a video on social media and soliciting votes in the name of religion.

Surya, a man of countless controversies, reposted a video of him talking to a news agency, in which he said, “We the BJP voters are 80%, but we come out and vote only 20%. The Congress voters are 20%, but they come out and vote 80%. This is the ground reality. My request to you all BJP voters is, every single vote of yours matters. Please come out and vote. Because if you are not voting, the Congress’ 20% is definitely voting.”

According to several media reports, the police have taken cognisance of another post of Mr. Surya, where he had sought votes for Modi using the ‘Ram Mandir.’

The police have registered the case under the Representation of the People Act on a complaint filed against Surya. They will soon seek the permission of the court to carry out further investigation.

The Election Commission has also registered an FIR against former BJP national general secretary and leader CT Ravi over his social media post promoting enmity on the grounds of religion.

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“Dear Hindus, Congress co-owner Rahul Gandhi has declared war against us Hindus. It is high time we unite to protest and defend Sanatana Dharma from those who are out to destroy it,” CT Ravi wrote on ‘X’ on Wednesday.

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