Karnataka poll date leak: Amit Malviya 'absolved', Congress to be questioned

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A controversy broke out over BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya and Karnataka Congress IT head Srivatsa simultaneously tweeting the dates of the Karnataka election minutes before an announcement by the Election Commission, sparking off a fierce war of words in which both sides accused each other of impropriety. The state will go for poll on 12th May and entire election process will be completed in single phase.

Responding to the situation of the leaked data, the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) OP Rawat said, "Certain things may have leaked for which the body will take action". It added that April 24 would be the last date for filing nominations and April 27 would be the last date for withdrawal of candidature.

The ECI said the notification for elections would be done on April 17. Malviya claimed his information was sourced from a television channel. We are forced to question the sanctity of the EC and our democratic tradition of free and fair elections.

The total number of registered voters in the state are 4.96 crore according to officials.

Speaking to reporters at Davanagere on the second day of his tour to central regional of Karnataka, Shah said the party is all geared up to fight the election and will come to power and Yeddyurappa will become the next Chief Minister.

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Accusing the Islamic outfit, Popular Front of India and its political wing SDPI (Social Democratic Party of India) of being involved in killing Hindus and the BJP and the RSS activists, Shah alleged that the state government was playing "dirty vote bank politics" by withdrawing cases against them. It was expected that the voters would cross 75 per cent in the coming election. "The poll schedule is finalised at the meeting of EC just before the press conference is held. Surprising that @ECI_India exonerates BJP IT Head, who initiated "Date Leak" & constitutes an inquiry thereafter". He further said Facebook will remain it's social media partner for the Karnataka Assembly poll.

Karnataka has traditionally voted anti incumbency. All three political parties - the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) - have launched statewide tours to drum up support.

The State has seen bitter campaigning by both the parities with allegations of communal and political murders and tit-for-tat charges of large-scale corruption.

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.

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