Battle for Karnataka on Twitter: EC questions Congress over poll date leak

Glen Norman
March 30, 2018

Television channels have told the Election Commission of India (EC) that the news flash on Karnataka election dates was not based on any "leak".

Congress state unit chief G. Parameshwara said the party was election-ready. In all likelihood, it will be one of the closest electoral battles in the recent times with the BJP and Congress upping the ante in the last few months. The tenure of the current Assembly ends on May 28. The date of scrutiny for nomination will be April 25.

"We have written to the Election Commission to look into comments made by Amit Shah specifically on religion, as it is against election rules". There have been allegations that EVM machines can be tampered and hence the people of Karnata are anxious about this possibility hampering the choosing of their candidate. BJP claimed that when the results of the assembly elections are announced on May 15, it will win with a thumping majority and reach a step closer to its aim of building a "Congress Mukth Bharat". The date of counting was different though.

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

"Strange indeed! Has @ECI_India exonerated the "date leak" BJP even before constituting the inquiry?" He says Yeddyurappa ran the most corrupt Govt ever.

"The JD-S had requested the Election Commission (EC) to conduct the polls in two or three phases, as we are a regional party with limited number of campaign leaders". Times Now TV channel, and Suvarna news channel. It had no intention to undermine the stature of the EC.

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

"I firmly believe in the exclusive constitutional domain of the Election Commission to conduct free and fair elections in the country, and also in the confidentiality and secrecy mandated upon it in the process of doing so", he wrote.

Malviya's tweet was the first to be noticed and he was quick to delete it.

The Congress has filed a complaint to the Election Commission against BJP President Amit Shah for election code violation in Karnataka. "Credibility of EC is on test", he said.

Suvarna News said it has no sources within the EC and it relies entirely on national news channels for national-level information.

The total number of registered voters in the state are 4.96 crore according to officials. There are 56,696 polling stations, compared to 52,034 in the 2013 polls, about 9 percent increase.

Aside from the usual pre-election sops such as writing off farm loans up to Rs one lakh or free distribution of laptops to certain sections, etc., it is his recent announcement bestowing on the numerically significant Lingayat community the minority status which is bound to remain front and centre in the electioneering.

Rawat said VVPAT machines, apart from EVMs, will be used for the polls.

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