A court in Karnataka’s Belagavi district has issued summons to Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa in connection with a case of an alleged violation of model code of conduct during the by-elections held last year.

The court also ordered registration of a criminal case and directed the Bengaluru police commissioner to issue summons against the Chief Minister ‘returnable by 1 September, 2020.’

On 23 November, during an election rally at Valmiki stadium in Gokak, Yediyurappa had while campaigning for the BJP candidate allegedly appealed to the Veerashaiva Lingayat community not to split votes. Subsequently, a case was registered.

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