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Actor threatens to take legal action against Congress for using his picture in ‘PayCM’ poster

A Bengaluru-based actor has flagged off the use of his photograph in Karnataka Congress’s ‘PayCM’ poster campaign aimed at Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. The actor, identified on Twitter as Akhil Iyer, on Friday alleged that the campaign used his photograph illegally and without his consent and promised legal action on the matter.

Aiyar said on Twitter that he was “shocked” to see his face being used illegally and without his consent by the state Congress in its campaign against the ruling BJP. He said he had nothing to do with the ‘40% government’ campaign and tagged Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Siddaramaiah as well as the official Twitter handle of Karnataka Congress to look into the matter.

As part of the ‘PayCM’ campaign, one of the posters with Aiyar’s face mentioned: “Are you still numb? The gluttony of 40% government has robbed the careers of more than 54,000 youth.”

The phrase “40% government” is being used in the posters to highlight the alleged “commission rate” of 40 per cent under the current BJP regime.

Congress leaders Siddaramaiah, DK Shivakumar in custody

Leader of Opposition in Karnataka Assembly Siddaramaiah was detained in the state capital in the evening along with state Congress chief DK Shivakumar and MP Randeep Singh Surjewala for allegedly pasting posters of the ‘PCM’ campaign against Bommai.

“Yes, this (‘PayCM’ poster protest) will continue across the state. Siddaramaiah, after being taken into custody, said it was a campaign of the Congress party against the “40% corruption government”.

With the poster campaign of ‘PECM’, Congress has intensified its campaign to target Bommai. It pasted some posters outside BJP’s Nelamangala office on the outskirts of Bengaluru. The party later shared photos of its campaign with the media.

None of the allegations are true: CM Bommai

The police are probing the matter on the instructions of Bommai, who said, “No allegation is true. They (Congress) have not given any evidence. It is all politically motivated. I have challenged them to produce evidence.” There were many scams during their (Congress) tenure, which should be looked into. The QR code (‘PayCM’) is a wrong design.”

On September 21, the police had arrested BR Naidu, the former head of the state unit’s social media team, from his residence. A ‘PECM’ QR code bearing the CM’s picture is directed to a website – ‘40% Sarkar’ – alleging that the BJP-led state government is charging 40 per cent commission on public works. This website was launched by Congress a few days back.

background

The campaign is related to the suicide of contractor Santosh Patil in a hotel in Udupi earlier this year ahead of next year’s assembly elections in the state.

The contractor had accused the then state rural development and panchayat raj minister KS Eshwarappa of demanding a 40 per cent cut for civic works in his district. Eshwarappa had resigned following the allegation but the police investigation had given him a clean chit.

(with PTI inputs)

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