Published: Wed, March 28, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Karnataka poll date leak: Election Commission sets up probe panel

Karnataka poll date leak: Election Commission sets up probe panel

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

This state poll will test Congress president Rahul Gandhi's mass appeal, as it's the first Assembly elections since he took over as party chief. In current assembly, the Congress is now in power, with 122 seats against the BJP's 43. It had been in power in Karnataka from 2008 to 2013.

No incumbent has retained power in elections since 1985, and if the Congress is able to do so, it will be creating history of sorts.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) information technology head Amit Malviya, on March 27, landed himself in controversy by tweeting the dates for Karnataka Assembly elections 2018, even before the Election Commission of India (ECI). He appealed to the media to highlight any activity that does not comply with the Model Code of Conduct.


However, both got the date of declaration of results wrong.

"There has been BJP govt in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for the last 15 years and farmer suicide numbers in these states have been very low", Amit Shah said. The Commission has already made arrangements to ensure availability of adequate number of EVMs and VVPATs for the smooth conduct of elections.

Mr. Vijaykumar was not actively involved in politics till the 2013 Assembly elections when the vote-split between BJP and KJB helped his father emerge as a victor. The Election Commission has announced that it will be a single phase election.

All registered service voters will be delivered e-postal ballot of their respective constituency through electronically transmitted postal ballot, which will be printed and after casting the vote will be sent back to the returning officer by post.


450 polling stations will be handled by women in 2018 state poll.

On a day the Election Commission announced May 12 as the polling date in the state, Javadekar claimed that the people there are eager to throw out the Congress government due to its "divide and rule policy".

Interestingly, an unverified handle, purported to be that of Karnataka Congress' social media in-charge, Srivatsa YB, also tweeted the same dates as Malviya, before the dates were announced.


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