Cong hits out at EC over date leak

Such is the anti-incumbency wave in the state that no incumbent government has retained power in elections in Karnataka since 1985. The BJP has accused the Congress government of hypocrisy. A defeat in Karnataka will not only be morale-shattering for the Congress ahead of the key Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan but it will also leave the party ruling in relatively minor States.

There were about 2.18 lakh voters on an average in each of the 224 assembly constituencies.

Surjewala asked if an FIR would be filed against Malviya and notice given to BJP chief Amit Shah. The Election Commission (EC) is likely to approach to home ministry to get the call records of all those who were in the know of the official schedule of the election and counting dates. In 2013, C-Fore had predicted that the Congress would end up winning 119-120 seats and it ended up with 122. The BJP holds 44 and the JD (s) has 40 seats respectively.

The survey conducted by C-Fore gives the Congress a clear mandate.

In 2005, Siddaramaiah was sacked from the JD (S) and experts suggested that the reason behind the move was that Deve Gowda wanted to promote his son HD Kumaraswamy within the party. Other major problems included an inadequate drainage system and bad roads. The counting of votes will take place on 15 May and most likely the results will be announced the same day. "Rahul Dravid will be the state election icon", Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sanjiv Kumar told reporters here.

However, as he announced the dates, it turned out that the date of polling - May 12 - was the same as tweeted by Malviya.

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. "Surprising that @ECI_India exonerates BJP IT Head, who initiated "Date Leak" & constitutes an inquiry thereafter".

This imperils democracy not just the credibility of the Election Commission.

Emphasising on the inclusive nature of these state elections, he added, "Some of the officials with disabilities will be employed as the polling staff for the first time". "We are election ready!" "We agree that he (Malviya) shouldn't have tweeted it", Naqvi said. He, however, went on to declare the dates. "Question is - Why no question from BJP IT head?"

Congress has fielded incumbent Chief Minister Siddramiah as its candidate and BJP has chosen former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa to contest the polls for the topmost post in Karnataka.

"Dear Kannadigas, Our redemption from the tyrannical rule of @siddaramaiah is not far". While BJP is claiming to reclaim the power again this time, the Siddramiah government is also pretty confident about their win.


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