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The curious case of NOTA campaign against Tejasvi Surya

Tejasvi Surya and NOTA poster (Image credit: Rediff and Twitter)

The Bengaluru South parliamentary constituency had made it to national headlines last month when the BJP chose the 28-year-old Tejasvi Surya over Tejaswini Ananth Kumar, the widow of former Union minister Ananth Kumar.  Now Tejaswini has filed a police complaint over a NOTA campaign in her name, urging to vote for NOTA in high numbers for replacing her with Tejasvi.

The poster (shown in the image above) has been making rounds on WhatsApp and social media.

“Vote NOTA in Bengaluru South to support Tejaswini Ananth Kumar” the header says. Then an appeal is made to the party workers: “We all karyakartas know that Tejaswini Ananth Kumar was the most deserving candidate to become the member of Parliament from Bengaluru South. Due to the games played by the other members of the BJP she has missed the ticket and an immature, arrogant boy has taken her place. Let us vote for NOTA in high numbers to show the high command that we are all with Tejaswini Ananth Kumar Ji”.

Tejaswini on Monday termed the campaign “unfounded and malicious” in her tweet. She also told the media that she has filed a police complaint and requested the cyber crime division to take strict actions against the offenders.

The choice of state leadership to represent the seat, which her husband had been holding since 1996, Tejaswini had even begun her campaign when the last minute announcement on Tejasvi was made on March 26. Since then, she has reconciled with the party’s decision and announced her resolve to work to help Narendra Modi return to power. She has been also made Vice President of Karnataka BJP. She even appeared on stage to greet Modi in a campaign rally in Bangalore on April 13.

Incidentally Bengaluru South is considered as a BJP bastion where newbie Tejasvi Surya of the party is pitted against Congress veteran BK Hari Prasad. Despite internal differences over Tejasvi’s candidacy in the BJP, he is expected to win the seat at the end. However, the Congress has been already in the fore front of a character assassination campaign against him based on Twitter statements by a business woman.

Now there can be no prize for guessing who is behind this mischievous NOTA campaign.

Sumalatha fears slanderous campaign to defame her

Sumalatha Ambareesh

Are the opponents of Sumalatha Ambareesh, an Independent candidate from Mandya Lok Sabha constituency, planning to launch a social media campaign to defame her and her family ahead of the polling date on April 18? The wife of late Ambareesh made this stunning allegation on Tuesday.

Speaking to the media, Sumalatha said two aides of Ambareesh had been offered money, residential plot in Bengaluru and a foreign trip in lieu of defamatory statement against her family. The aides were told not to fear the consequence after making the statement (on social media) as they would be immediately sent abroad on a trip.

“A senior JDS leader has revealed to me that the campaign would be launched in big way on social media. The staff in my house are being approached and offered Rs 10-15 lakh for badmouthing my family. They are promising foreign trip, site in Bengaluru and what not,” she said.

Sumalatha’s husband, late Ambareesh, who was a super star of Kannada movies, had represented Mandya constituency thrice in Parliament. She is expected to benefit from the huge popularity he enjoyed in the region, though she is pitted against, Nikhil Kumar, the son of chief minister HD Kumarswamy in the poll battle.

Interestingly, her allegation is an eerie reminder of the hoopla created by a “MeToo” tweet against Bengaluru South Lok Sabah candidate Tejasvi Surya. The woman deactivated her Twitter account immediately after putting out a cheating allegation against the 28-year-old BJP leader. But the damage was done as her tweet was re-tweeted multiple times forcing the mainstream media take note it. Eventually, Tejasvi Surya approached the court and secured an injunction that barred media outlets to carry defamatory stories against him.

Are Sumalatha’s opponents trying to do a “Tejasvi Surya” on her?