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Karnataka poll date leak: Election Commission sets up probe panel

29 March 2018

While the Congress, led by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, is looking to buck the nearly three decade old cyclical power trend (no political party has held power after one term since 1989), the BJP is looking to grab power in the last big state under Congress' control.

This tweets triggered a row, with many questioning the authority of the Election Commission.

Assembly elections in Karnataka will be held on 12 May 2018, in a single phase.

"VVPATs will be used along with EVMs in all 56,696 polling stations of 224 assembly constituencies of Karnataka". While speaking to the media he accused Congress party of playing the policy of divide and rule to win the upcoming assembly elections.

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Five years later, when a Congress government was at the Centre led by PV Narasimha Rao, a politician from South India, Karnataka voted for a Janata Dal government. As many as 54,400 polling personnel will be required, said BBMP Commissioner N. Manjunath Prasad, who is also the District Election Officer (DEO).

To a query, he said the party is not expecting a hung assembly. Will EC now issue notice to BJP President, Amit Shah & register an FIR against BJP IT Head for leaking EC's confidential information?

But they are silent on the Hindutva rhetoric of their party colleagues.

"The minority status to the Lingayats is only an election stunt enacted by the ruling Congress to appease the community's voters", asserted Shah on the second day of his two-day visit to the poll-bound southern state.

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A Karnataka Congress leader had also tweeted the same thing.

For the Congress, incumbent chief minister Siddaramaiah remains the candidate for the top post. Another BJP leader nudged the party president to make him realize that he had made a blunder. Till the 90s, it was widely believed that the Congress entered the poll arena with the Jat vote in its back pocket, making it tough for the opposition to beat it in polls. "Let us not speculate on what they have", Rawat said. And about 15.42 lakh voters with age range 18-19 will be casting their votes for first time this election. This decision, coming with a view on polls, could have huge ramifications as the Lingayats are a politically-influential community and form about 15% of the state's population.

The losses in parliamentary bypolls in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh work to the advantage of the Congress, which asserts that there is a strong anti-incumbency against the Narendra Modi government and the BJP in the country.

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Karnataka poll date leak: Election Commission sets up probe panel