EC sets up committee to probe alleged leak of Karnataka poll date

Battle for Karnataka
Many expect the Modi-magic to sweep Karnataka but the party may have just started the assault on the wrong
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28 March, 2018

BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya tweeted the date of voting and counting of the elections as May 12 and May 18 respectively even before the official announcement was made.

He also said that the last date to file nomination will be April 24, scrutiny of nomination papers will be done on April 25 and last date to withdraw nomination will be April 27. This means that the model code of conduct is applicable in the state now with immediate effect.

However, Congress, which is now in power in the state, has not missed the chance to train its gun on BJP ahead of the state polls.

"Now that the BJP IT cell has announced Karnataka elections, time for a sneak preview of our top-secret campaign video!" The saffron party will look to regain its status in the state after it lost power in the 2013 assembly polls. The counting date turned out to be wrong as the EC announced that the votes will be counted on May 15.

The ruling Congress, which is facing a tough challenge from the BJP, welcomed the election dates, asserting that the party is poll ready.

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Karnataka has 4.96 crore voters and VVPAT will be used in the polls, the Chief Election Commissioner said.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) this morning announced that the highly anticipated Assembly Elections in Karnataka will be held in a single phase on May 12.

The video of Shah's slip of tongue is now being circulated on the microblogging site with Congress saying that finally, the BJP chief spoke the truth. BJP chief Amit Shah's faux pas in calling Mr Yeddyurappa one of the most corrupt notwithstanding, Karnataka's propensity to vote against the national trend is a definite possibility, in a poll just 45 days away. The Congress government in Karnataka is led by chief minister Siddaramaiah.

On a day high on faux pas from the BJP, Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to mock the two Amits of BJP - Shah and Malviya.

"But when the 14th finance commission was implemented after the BJP came to power at the Centre, funds for Karnataka were increased to Rs 2,19,506 crore".


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