The BJP is keen to edge out the Congress and regain power, more so, since it will help the party in not merely gaining a foothold in south India but also set a favourable pace for the general elections due in 2019, and for the JD (S), it is a matter of survival.
While Congress tries to defy Karnataka's electoral history of voting out the incumbent and BJP banks on the same to wrest the state, the Janata Dal (Secular) is a wannabe kingmaker hoping for a hung verdict on May 15.
"Now several videos have been released which show how bribe deals were done btw CJI's son-in-law and Sriramulu/Reddy brothers", Karnataka Congress tweeted Rao's statement at a press conference. "It will rout Congress and JDS in the polls", said BJP candidate Preetham Gowda. "Congress has no place for Dalits and backwards", he said.
The memorandum by the Congress to the EC states, "This clear cut evidence relates to grave corrupt practices including attempting to bribe a Supreme Court judge".
Sriramulu is a confidant of tainted mining baron and owner of Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) Janardhana Reddy, according to news agencies.
Apart from the bribery row, Sibal also took on the BJP for spreading "hatred among people of Karnataka" by airing promos in one local channel to suggest the saffron outfit is with nationalism while the Congress would disintegrate India. 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.
A day before Karnataka Assembly election 2018, the Congress on Friday demanded the Election Commission to disqualify BJP candidate B Sriramulu from contesting polls over a video allegedly showing him trying to a bribe a former chief justice of India's relative. "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 8 tickets to Reddy brothers and their associates who looted Rs 35,000 crore from the people of Karnataka?" he asked, as he sought to paint the saffron party into a corner.