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Live blog: Election Commission to announce dates for Karnataka Election 2018 Karnataka elections 2018 live updates: Voting on 12 May, Counting on 15 May
Glenn Montgomery | 30 March, 2018, 00:51

Karnataka results can hold an important impact on the general elections due in 2019.

"On May 15th, 1.BJP will win with thumping majority 2. Surprising that @ECI_India exonerates BJP IT Head, who initiated "Date Leak" & constitutes an inquiry thereafter".

March 27 (ANI): Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday took a jibe at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah after the latter mistakenly referred their chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa's government as the "most corrupt" one.

A year later, Siddaramaiah joined the Congress and was back in the state assembly in December 2007, after being elected in a by-election from the Chamundeshwari constituency. "There are lots of question among Karnataka's people for the Siddaramaiah government and to run away from those questions, the Congress party will now apply "divide and rule" politics".

The Congress has written to the Election Commission and Karnataka's Chief Electoral Officer, which states that his comments violate Section 123 (A) ( promotion of, or attempt to promote, feelings of enmity or hatred) and 125 (promoting enmity between classes in connection with election) of the Representation of People's Act, 1950-51.

The BJP had declared Yeddyaurappa as its chief ministerial candidate for the assembly poll, while the ruling Congress high command made a decision to contest under the party's collective leadership.

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

Rawat said VVPAT machines, apart from EVMs, will be used for the polls. The BJP has been actively working to woo voters in the state ahead of the Assembly elections, scheduled for May 12.

The announcement followed a major controversy when journalists pointed to the CEC that BJP's Information and Technology cell head Amit Malviya had already tweeted the poll date. "Given that the information wasn't entirely accurate it is obvious it wasn't a leak", said Rahul Shivshankar, the Editor-in-chief, reported India Today. It had no intention to undermine the stature of the EC. Malviya wrote on Twitter, "Karnataka will vote on 12 May 2018, counting on 18 May 2018".

"BJP becomes the "Super Election Commission" as they announce poll dates for Karnataka even before the EC".

If the Congress manages to pull off this election, then it would be the first time since 1985 that an incumbent government would be retaining power. The EC said social media is a reality but precautions will be taken.

His tweet came when Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat was addressing a press conference to announce the schedule for Karnataka polls but had not announced the date. EC has set up a committee to look into the matter and submit the report in seven days as to how the information got leaked.

The state's elections have often been a matter of formulaic predictions, as nearly invariably, Karnataka has been electing parties that have gone against the national trend.

He said the model code of conduct came into effect immediately in the state which will also be applicable to the central government.

As per the EC, the date for notification will be April 17 and April 24 is the last date of filing nomination.

"The BJP welcomes the poll announcement".

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