Election Commission may put on hold Bommai government’s tenders

The Election Commission of India is considering putting on hold several high-value tenders issued by the Bommai-led BJP government just ahead of Karnataka polls, ET has learnt.

The poll panel is looking to move following a recent Congress complaint on how Karnataka government departments had allegedly issued tenders with ‘hugely inflated estimates’ to ‘influence the outcome of ensuing elections in a corrupt manner’.

Top sources in the EC confirmed that the poll panel is seized of the matter and is preparing to put on hold any such tender and bidding process which may have been initiated just ahead of poll and could in any way impact conducting a free and fair election, as envisaged under the Model Code of Conduct.

On Monday, the Congress party submitted an ‘urgent memorandum’ to the poll panel seeking that in keeping with Model Code of Conduct compliances, the EC scrutinize Karnataka government tenders and contracts issued within 45 days to three months prior to polls.

It alleged that several such tenders have been issued without any need or justification and only to raise money for elections as well as influence outcome of polls through contracting firms.

It also counted out tenders’ worth over ‘16,000 cr issued for public works and road constructions recently.

The Congress alleged that this is a ‘brazen and calculated attempt to influence the election’ and amounts to ‘inducement, bribe and for undue influence on the voters’ to the benefit of ruling party candidates.

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