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'PayCM' posters surface in Bengaluru, Bommai orders inquiry

'PayCM' posters surface in Bengaluru, Bommai orders inquiry

Published:21 September 2022

"PayCM" posters with the photo of the Karnataka Chief Minister surfaced in several parts of the city in Bengaluru, following which an angry Basavaraj Bommai ordered an inquiry, even as the Congress took responsibility for pasting the pamphlets.

Bengaluru | "PayCM" posters with the photo of the Karnataka Chief Minister surfaced in several parts of the city here on Wednesday, following which an angry Basavaraj Bommai ordered an inquiry, even as the Congress took responsibility for pasting the pamphlets.
The posters appeared in the central region of the city resembling advertisements of digital payments company Paytm.
Bommai's face figures in the middle of the QR code with the message "40% accepted here".
Posting the 'PayCM' poster on Twitter, the Karnataka unit of Congress urged the citizens to scan the QR code and register their complaints regarding bribes and scams.
The Chief Minister dubbed it a 'pseudo campaign', which not only maligned his image but also of Karnataka.
Soon after the poster campaign came to the notice of authorities, they were removed from the walls in public places.
"It is a systematic conspiracy to spoil my name and also Karnataka. I have directed the officials concerned to book a case. We will get it investigated to find out the people behind it," Bommai told reporters here.
"This is a baseless campaign in social media. Everyone knows how to do such things. Also, people know who is running the campaign. These are pseudo campaigns, which have intensified only recently. This has no value," he added.
The Chief Minister said he is hurt because more than him, Karnataka is getting a bad name due to such a campaign. "So, we have decided to put a brake on such activities," Bommai said.
The development comes in the midst of an aggressive campaign against the state government by the Congress, which has charged it with corruption in awarding public contracts and government recruitment.
A contractors' body had recently levelled bribery charges that contractors had to pay 40 per cent commission to get public work contracts, an allegation strongly denied by the government.
The BJP attacked the Congress for the poster campaign. "Already, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has ordered an investigation and booked cases against those involved in this mischief," BJP state media cell in-charge Karunakara Khasle told PTI.
He added that the BJP state unit has also appealed to the Chief Minister to expose those who were behind this act.
Khasle dared the Congress to submit proof of corruption if they have or else apologise to the government.


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