Poll code breach: Complaint registered against UoM staffs for supporting JD(S)

Mysuru, May 5:- Few of the University of Mysore (UoM) staffs are in trouble again for taking part in the poll campaigning activity on behalf of the Janata Dal (Secular) party in the city.

Dr S Srikantaswamy

A complaint has been registered with the Election Commission against an associate professor, two assistant professors and a staff of the UoM.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president of Chamaraja Assembly Constituency C Sriram has filed a complaint against Dr S Srikantaswamy, associate professor of Environmental Science Department, UoM; Dr K H Narasimhamurthy, assistant professor at Organic Chemistry Department; Dr Mohan C D, assistant professor at Molecular Biology Department, UoM and a non-teaching staff of the UoM for seeking votes and campaigning for JD(S) Chamaraja Constituency candidate Prof K S Rangappa, the former vice chancellor of UoM.

BJP leader Sriram has registered the complaint with the Chief Election Officer (CEO) of Karnataka state and

Dr Mohan C D
Dr K H Narasimhamurthy

also  to the District Election Officer (DEO) demanding necessary action against the teaching and non-teaching staff of UoM for having violated the university norms and the model code of conduct.


In a complaint letter sent to the CEO and DEO, Sriram has stated that “The teaching and non-teaching staff have been campaigning for Prof Rangappa who is contesting from Chamaraja Constituency as a JD(S) candidate. Though there is a rule that no government official can take part in the campaigning activities and seek votes on behalf of a candidate or a party, the above mentioned teaching and non-teaching staff have violated the norms and have appealed for votes on behalf of Prof Rangappa. In this context, we urge you to take stringent and disciplinary action against the above staffs of UoM.”

Dr Srikantaswamy who is serving as the associate professor of Environmental Science Department is also serving as the Director of College Development Council (CDC), UoM; whereas the assistant professors are said to be former PhD students who took guidance from Prof Rangappa.

It may be recalled that the UoM recently suspended Prof Mahesh Chandra Guru of the Journalism Department and Prof Aravinda Malagatti of Kuvempu Institute of Kannada Studies, Manasagangothri, for allegedly participating in a political campaign in the city.

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