Election Commission sets up panel to probe Karnataka poll date leak

Battle for Karnataka

Battle for Karnataka

Date of issue of gazette notification: April 17, 2018.

The Election Commission of India on Tuesday announced the date for elections to the 224-member Karnataka Assembly. It should also be noted that neither BJP nor Congress had fielded Holeaya/Chalavadi candidates after the constituency (earlier it was Kamalapur constituency before 2008 delimitation) was reserved for SC in 1978, despite the strong presence that community.

The BJP views Karnataka as a gateway to the south where it is looking to widen its base and increase its haul of Lok Sabha seats in 2019.

Yeddyurappa was the chief minister of the first BJP government in Karnataka from 2008.

At a meeting yesterday, the names of all 122 sitting Congress MLAs and the recently joined Independent and JD (S) rebel legislators were recommended by the Congress State Election Committee.

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In a statement, the poll watchdog referred to a tweet by BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya in which he had put out the election date minutes before CEC OP Rawat actually announced the schedule at a press conference. Karnataka has a parliamentary system of government with two democratically elected houses, the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council, like Maharashtra.

The court said the disqualification was in violation of the "principle of natural justice" and asked the EC to hold a fresh hearing and also to determine the meaning of the expression of office of profit. VVPATS are going to be used during the polling.

Karnataka is one of the big states which will go to polls in 2018. As many as 50,446 polling stations were set up for a total of 4.18 crore voters in the state.

Rawat also appealed to Karnataka's IT professionals to lend a helping hand in preventing any "malicious, divisive or targeted social media campaigns connected with any harvesting of data etc".

An official with India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has come under fire for tweeting the election dates for the southern state of Karnataka before the Election Commission officially announced them. Both Malviya and Srivasta tweeted at 11.08 am, while the EC only made the announced at 11.23 am, as pointed out by AltNews.

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