EC sets up panel to probe leak of Karnataka election dates

Minority politics

Minority politics

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".

Rawat said VVPAT machines, apart from EVMs, will be deployed in Karnataka for the polls. Rahul Gandhi also toured Karnataka last week.

The Congress on Wednesday questioned the Election Commission for exonerating BJP's IT head Amit Malviya for leakage of poll dates for Karnataka assembly polls, and also for releasing a "press note explaining BJP's version".

As per the EC, the date for notification will be April 17 and April 24 is the last date of filing nomination. "I wish to clarify that the source of my information was based on a newsbreak put out by Times Now, a leading national TV channel at 1 1.06 am", Malviya clarified in a letter to the EC, reported India Today.

Now, you all should remember that, before Chief Election Commission OP Rawat announced the dates of the election, they were leaked online.

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"During the fleeting glimpse, the reporter probably read the poll date May 12 correctly, but misread the date of counting as May 18 instead of May 15". In her statement to the media, Banerjee said, "All agencies are being used and misused".

The election expenses ceiling has been fixed at Rs2.8mn per candidate for Karnataka though there is no expenditure ceiling for political parties, he said. "During Rajya Sabha polls, the leadership sent a clear message that dedicated Congress workers will be given preference as candidates", said a Congress screening committee member.

BJP President Amit Shah, who is on a two-day tour in central Karnataka, expressed confidence over a poll victory.

Officials said IT and other initiatives taken by the CEO office for the elections include Global Positioning System based vehicle tracking of flying squads, GIS enabled complete database of polling stations and digital maps, Digital Atlas of all polling station areas and assembly constituencies.

The shouting match between the Congress and the JD (S) father-son duo of H.D. Deve Gowda and H.D. Kumaraswamy underlines the Vokkaliga-backed third power centre's ability to play game-changer. This raises the possibility of the BJP and JD (S) revisiting their old alliance, which went awry as Mr Kumaraswamy reneged on it, giving the BJP's B.S. Yeddyurappa the chance to ride to victory in 2008.

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