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EC sets up panel to probe Tweet row on Karnataka poll schedule

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| 30 March, 2018, 00:51

Last election, the voter turnout was around 71.45 per cent.

In the 225-member Assembly, including one nominated, there are now 122 members from the ruling Congress, 43 from the Bharatiya Janata Party, 30 from the Janata Dal-Secular, eight Independents, 14 vacant seats, with a few others from regional parties. There has been news about the distribution of luring things at many constituencies in Bangalore as well. "This was not the case earlier". One way or the other, Karnataka elections may hold the key for 2019 general elections.

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

CHS says that the Congress would get 77-81 while the BJP would end up with 73-76. Karnataka is one of the eight states where polls were scheduled this year.

Rawat said VVPAT machines, apart from EVMs, will be deployed in Karnataka for the polls.

Amidst all the acquisitions of both the parties, there is something more that has made it to the headlines.

Interestingly, the announcement of election dates saw a fresh controversy with the BJP IT Cell head tweeting the dates before the official announcement. "Given that the information wasn't entirely accurate it is obvious it wasn't a leak", said Rahul Shivshankar, the Editor-in-chief, reported India Today. It had no intention to undermine the stature of the Election Commission.


A "Karnataka Election Anthem" is also being written by film and music director Yograj Bhat which is due to be released in a week.

Tiwari said the tweet by the BJP functionary has impacted the credibility of the Commission.

On Wednesday, when the EC questioned Srivatsa, he told the six-member inquiry panel that he had tweeted the poll dates based on the newsbreak by the National news channel. While Malviya was correct about the election date, he got the counting date wrong. Post "data leak", a "date leak" infringing upon the neutrality of EC, yet no questions being asked. If the Congress Government does manage to win it would be first in a two decades that a party has bucked anti incumbency to retain power. In her statement to the media, Banerjee said, "All agencies are being used and misused".

O P Rawat announces the schedule for Karnataka elections at a press conference in New Delhi on Tuesday.

"Will EC now issue notice to BJP President, Amit Shah & register an FIR against BJP IT Head for leaking EC's confidential information?"

Rawat said the model code of conduct would come into effect immediately in the state which will also be applicable to the central government. He said the date of notification is April 17 and the last date to file nominations is April 24. While the BJP has stepped up campaigning as the polls draw nearer, the people are focusing on every bit of news coming out of the southern state. Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda will be the JD (S) contender.

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