The direction comes hours after State Home minister Ramalinga Reddy called what the Congress described as an "explosive press conference" and released the video clippings which were in circulation on social media. Fortunately, the people of Karnataka will not let that happen", tweeted Gandhi as he attached a National Herald news report with a headline "Sting videos: "Congress alleges BJP's B Sriramulu involved in bribing then CJI in 2010".
It is to be noted that the BJP had ruled the state between 2008 and 2013 but its tenure was marred by intra-party feuds and allegations of corruption. "There is no place for dalits and backward classes in the heart of the Congress", he said.
Addressing reporters on Wednesday, Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar had said that prima facie this was an attempt of "cash for votes".
Meanwhile, Congress and BJP - the top contestants in the polls, are exuding confidence and claimed their victory in the polls. The BJP has fielded Mr Sriramulu, a close aide of tainted mining baron Janardhana Reddy, from the Badami constituency against Mr Siddaramaiah. BJP is spreading hatred among voters in Karnataka by putting promos in Chandrashekhar's channel.
Sibal said since no petitions can be filed at this stage, the Commission is entitled to exercise its powers. In case of serious doubts, the candidate (usually the winning one) can be taken to court after the election, but the judicial machinery grinds slowly to allow most culprits to get away.
Seeking directions to the state electoral authorities to lift any injunction on the Kannada television channels or other media from showing and playing the tapes, the Congress delegation also urged the poll panel to take actions necessary in law for holding a free and fair election in Karnataka. "Needless to add that this order is neither in the letter and in the spirit of the Constitutional powers now is it warranted by facts and precedence brought out above". "Why the BJP has given eight tickets to Reddy brothers and their associates who looted '35,000 crore from the people of Karnataka?" he asked.