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Reacting to the major development, the Bharatiya Janata Party alleged that the ruling Congress was trying to rig the polls and demanded that voting in the constituency be cancelled before the Karnataka election.

He demanded that Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Congress President Rahul Gandhi should come out and explain why they were trying to hold democracy to ransom.

"Owner of the flat is Manjula Nanjamari".

BJP has denied any links with Manjula as Javadekar told the media that Manjula Nanjamur left BJP six years ago and alleged that she was a Congress member now.

"The flat [Flat No. 115, SLV Parkview Apartment, Jalahalli] belongs to one Manjula Nanjamuri and was rented out to one Sri Rakesh".

Karnataka's Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar earlier confirmed that almost 9,746 counterfeit voter ID cards, five laptops and one printer were found in a flat located in the Raja Rajeshwari Nagar constituency of Bengaluru, one of the 223 constituencies where voting will be held.

Javadekar yesterday said Manjula has nothing to do with BJP. "This is the philosophy of the Congress....if voters do not vote for you, create fake voters", he said while claiming that a "fake voter ID printing factory" was being run in Manjula's flat.

The state's chief election officer confirmed the recovery of the voter ID cards from a flat in Rajarajeshwari Nagar constituency but the commission is waiting for a formal report on the issue. "Rakesh is my mother's nephew's son and he is not connected to the Park View apartment in anyway as it is being portrayed in the media", Sridhar said.

"The BJP worker Rakesh exposed this racket".

Karnataka assembly poll is "very crucial" not only for the state's interest but also from the national perspective, he said. "All the proofs of call records and others must be forensically examined by the police and cyber crime department", Javadekar said.

The Congress and the BJP on Wednesday accused each other of the racket.

Congress has not fielded its candidate and supporting Darshan. "She is a former BJP corporator and Rakesh also contested corporation election on BJP ticket in 2015", he said. "The BJP people who raided a flat, belongs to a BJP leader and the tenant is also a BJP worker", Randeep Singh Surjewala said.

Hitting back at the BJP, the Congress claimed that the saffron party was making such allegations because it was aware of its imminent defeat.