While BJP is claiming to reclaim the power again this time, the Siddramiah government is also pretty confident about their win. "Surprising that @ECI_India exonerates BJP IT Head, who initiated "Date Leak" & constitutes an inquiry thereafter".
BJP chief Amit Shah's faux pas in calling Mr Yeddyurappa one of the most corrupt notwithstanding. He said that the people of Karnataka were not happy with the rule of Siddramiah and want to change the government.
The Congress has filed a complaint to the Election Commission against BJP President Amit Shah for election code violation in Karnataka. Speculation is rife that the Chief Minister, who has already indicated that the 2018 assembly polls could "most likely" be his last election, is keen on fielding his son Dr Yatindra from Varuna.
Political calculations have become frenzied this time as again Lok Sabha polls are due exactly one year after the upcoming assembly elections.
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Strongly emphasizing on having an inclusive election, the officer said additional facilities of ramps, wheelchairs will also be provided to allow the disabled persons to vote.
@INCKarnataka welcomes the Election Commission's announcement.
During the Press conference, the EC was apprised of a tweet posted by BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya, giving out the poll date. It also said that a BJP delegation met the EC officials with Malviya's letter. It had no intention to undermine the stature of the EC.
It also turned out that Congress Party's Karnataka unit's social media in-charge, Srivatsa, had also tweeted the same dates at around the same time as Malviya, that is, 11.08am.
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Janata Dal-Secular state president H D Kumaraswamy invoking the gods, said that their blessings were on his party. These elections are being held to choose the 224 members of the Karnataka Assembly whose tenure ends in May 2018.
Tiwari said the tweet by the BJP functionary has impacted the credibility of the Commission. The date of counting was different though. He was correct about the day of the voting, but got the counting date wrong.
Congress CM Siddaramaiah is seeking a record second term, a feat not achieved by any government since JD (U)'s Ramakrishna Hegde called snap polls and won in 1985. In her statement to the media, Banerjee said, "All agencies are being used and misused".
"The matter will definitely be investigated and strict action will be taken if there is any leak", said Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat when journalists questioned him over Malaviya's tweet. EC has set up a committee to look into the matter and submit the report in seven days as to how the information got leaked.
Check out this detailed information about the controversy of leaked details of Karnataka Election 2018. Before Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat declared the dates, Malviya tweeted that the polling will be held on May 12 and the results would be declared on May 18.
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