Karnataka CM orders probe after 'PayCM' posters surface in Bengaluru

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has ordered a probe after 'PayCM' posters surfaced in Bengaluru.

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PayCM posters with Karnataka Chief Minister Basavraj Bommai’s face seen in Bengaluru (India Today photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai orders probe after 'PayCM' posters surface in Bengaluru
  • The chief minister said it is an attempt to tarnish the state's image
  • The posters had an image of CM Bommai's face in the middle of the QR code with the message "40% accepted here"

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday ordered a probe after 'PayCM' posters with the CM's image surfaced in Bengaluru. The posters, which resembled advertisements of electronic wallet, Paytm, had an image of CM Bommai's face in the middle of the QR code with the message "40% accepted here".

The posters were put up by the Congress, which stepped up its attack on the ruling BJP, over the alleged 40 per cent commission rate charged by the government in awarding public contracts and government recruitment.The QR code will take the user to the '40 per cent Sarkara' website that was launched by Congress recently for citizens to file complaints against government corruption.

Later, the Bengaluru civic body filed a complaint with Bengaluru Police, following which three FIRs were registered against unknown people for putting up 'PayCM' posters. The cases have been registered under the Karnataka Open Places (Prevention of Disfigurement) Act and other relevant sections of the IPC.

Reacting to the 'PayCM' posters, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the campaign is to tarnish his and the state's image.

READ | ‘PayCM’ posters with Bommai’s face dot Bengaluru as Congress takes ‘40% sarkar’ jab at BJP

"Even we know how to do such baseless campaigns on social media. But people knew it was a big lie. There is no value for it. The government will make efforts to put an end to any attempts made to tarnish the image of Karnataka," he added.

The posters have since been removed by the authorities.

A contractors' body had recently levelled bribery charges that contractors had to pay 40 per cent commission to get public works contracts, an allegation strongly denied by the government.

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