EC sets up committee to probe alleged leak of Karnataka poll date

Lucy Bush
March 28, 2018

The Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat while addressing the media in New Delhi said that the model code of conduct will come into effect immediately after the dates are announced.

The last date of scrutiny of nominations was April 25, 2018.

The Chief Election Commission of India also said that the single day phase has been planned in Karnataka heeding to the demands by all political parties.

This time in Karnataka, like all other recent polls, VVPAT machines will be deployed along with EVMs.

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Shah is campaigning for his party in Karnataka for the May 12 Assembly elections, in which the BJP seeks to upstage the Congress.

The significance of the Karnataka polls is also because of the fact that it is the first between the Congress and BJP ahead of the general elections. Shah who was speaking at a press conference in Bengaluru was seated next to Yeddyurappa BJP's candidate in for the assembly elections and the punchline of Amit Shah's unintended joke.

He also said that there will be a total of 4.96 crore voters in Karnataka and efforts are taken that all of them participate in the election without any fear.

The Election Commission on Tuesday constituted a six-member committee to probe the alleged leak of the Karnataka Assembly poll dates in a section of the media.

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In August previous year, C-Fore, a research organisation, had claimed that the Congress might win 120 to 132 seats, while the BJP, which has been trying hard to oust Siddaramaiah, would finish second with 60 to 72 seats. "Will EC now issue notice to BJP President, Amit Shah & register an FIR against BJP IT Head for leaking EC's confidential information?" The BJP is banking heavily on the fact that the state capital remains inadequate in terms of infrastructure, civic amenities and traffic and hopes to tap into the discontent.

"Congress is ready to face election; we'll be victorious against BJP".

Shah said the BJP government at the Centre had done a lot to develop Karnataka.

Why have you deleted your original tweet announcing the election date before the EC?

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