BJP IT cell chief tweets poll dates before EC announcement

Charlene Craig
March 30, 2018

The social media heads of both the BJP and the Congress tweeted the dates before they had been announced.

Rawat said VVPAT machines, apart from EVMs, will be used for the polls. There have been allegations that EVM machines can be tampered and hence the people of Karnata are anxious about this possibility hampering the choosing of their candidate.

If the Ramakrishna Hegde led Janata government was in power in Karnataka, the Rajiv Gandhi led Congress formed the government at the Centre.

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The polling in Karnataka's 224 assembly constituencies will be held in a single phase on May 12 and the counting of votes will be held on May 15.

With the Election Commission sounding the poll bugle in Karnataka, all eyes in the Congress are now on ticket distribution. He said the date of notification is April 17 and the last date to file nominations is April 24.

The five terms of reference of the probe committee has been listed as enquiring from the media as well as Srivatsa on the source of their information on the poll date before its official announcement.

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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.

In the 225-member Assembly, including one nominated, there are now 122 members from the ruling Congress, 43 from the Bharatiya Janata Party, 30 from the Janata Dal-Secular, eight Independents, 14 vacant seats, with a few others from regional parties.

On Wednesday, when the EC questioned Srivatsa, he told the six-member inquiry panel that he had tweeted the poll dates based on the newsbreak by the National news channel. Incidentally, while both got the polling date correct, they got the date of counting wrong.

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Bengaluru, Mar 29 Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today said that he would contest the assembly elections from Chamundeshwari constituency in Mysuru. Presently Congress is ruling the state and the BJP party wants to snatch power from it. With the announcement of the elections dates on Tuesday, the model code of conduct has come into effect, which bars all the political parties and ministers to announce any new schemes before the elections. In case of a hung House, Deve Gowda's JD (S) will hold the trump card. The poll panel announced the schedule around 11.20am. However, his journey was cut short after he was elected to the Mysore taluka and entered the Karnataka Assembly in 1983 as an MLA. This raises the possibility of the BJP and JD (S) revisiting their old alliance, which went awry as Mr Kumaraswamy reneged on it, giving the BJP's B.S. Yeddyurappa the chance to ride to victory in 2008.

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