A truck laden with Cookers which had the photos of Laxmi Hebbalkar of the Indian National Congress on them has been seized in Sadashiv Nagar area of Belagavi.
Anil Benake of the BJP informed the Election commission officials but for over 30 minutes no one arrived at the spot and later two police men arrived. It was after almost 45 mins that the election commission officials came and seized the truck.
Just after four days of the model code of conduct coming into force, the seizure of this truck which has photos of Belagavi Rural aspirant Laxmi Hebbalkar on it, is an embarrassment to the Congress.
In February Deccan Chronicle had made a story which said thousands of cookers have been distributed all through the night in many areas of Belagavi Rural allegedly by Ms Laxmi Hebbalkar, president of the State Women’s Congress Cell, who has been unofficially declared the party candidate from the constituency. Packed in attractive gift boxes with a photograph of Ms Hebbalkar on them, the cookers are finding their way to the homes of voters and several women on Belagavi’s outskirts were spotted carrying the boxes. Worse, in an embarrassment for the Congress, a video-clip showing Ms Hebbalkar’s son, Mrinal Hebbalkar supervising the distribution of cookers among a large number of women went viral on social media on Tuesday. It showed a truckload of cookers being brought to a locality and several leaders headed by Mrinal Hebbalkar appealing with folding hands to each woman receiving the gift box to vote for Ms Laxmi Hebbalkar.