The posters were seen a day after BJP MP Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy, a former Congress leader, lodged his nomination for the Munugode opinion polls in Telangana.
Telangana’s Munugode witnessed mild tensions ahead of the indirect vote on Monday, October 10, after posters accusing BJP MP Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy of corruption were posted in Chandur town. The posters showed a logo that read “Contract Pe”, resembling that of the UPI PhonePe app, with Rajagopal’s face in the center and text saying “Rs 18,000 crore has been transferred to contractor Komatireddy”.
The posters appeared after Rajagopal Reddy on Monday, October 10, applied for for future polls. The poster alludes to allegations of the MLA, which was once part of the Congress, receiving Rs 18,000 crore from the Union government as bribes for switching to the BJP. According to reports, several posters have been posted on the walls of public places in the city of Chandur, and it is not yet known who put them up.
Meanwhile, PhonePe said in a statement: “We would like to make it clear that PhonePe is not associated with any reports circulating in certain media about ‘Contract Pe’. The company has no political affiliation with any of the parties or candidates. The use of PhonePe’s logo in the creation of “Pe Contract” amounts to a misrepresentation and also constitutes an infringement of PhonePe’s intellectual property rights and PhonePe reserves the right to pursue appropriate legal remedies in the future. ”
A few days ago, Telangana Minister and TRS Chairman KT Rama Rao (KTR) shared a clip of Rajaopal Reddy saying in a TV interview that his company, Sushee Infra and Mining Limited, had been awarded contracts worth Rs 18,000 Union crore. government about six months ago. Sharing the video, KTR said it was a quid pro quo case and alleged that the MP moved to the BJP in return for the contract. Rajagopal responded to the allegations, asking KTR to provide proof within 24 hours or face a libel suit. “It’s time to call a spade a spade. I openly challenge Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao. I give you 24 hours. Either you prove the allegation against me about the quid-pro-quo connection or you are ready to face defamation,â he added. said.
Similar posters have been seen in Karnataka in September, accusing the BJP government led by Basavaraj Bommai of corruption. The posters, designed to resemble the logo of digital payment app Paytm, led to the Congress campaign website www.40percentsarkara.com. Congress has launched a campaign against the BJP government in the state, after allegations that the BJP is demanding a 40% cut in commissions for contracts.
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