Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah

The Congress on Wednesday questioned the Election Commission for exonerating BJP's IT head Amit Malviya for leakage of poll dates for Karnataka assembly polls, and also for releasing a "press note explaining BJP's version". The date of scrutiny for nomination will be April 25.

In the 225-member state 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 few others from regional parties.

"Strange indeed! Has @ECI_India exonerated the "date leak" BJP even before constituting the inquiry?" "Our campaign in Karnataka is off to a fabulous start", he said on Twitter. With some pre-poll surveys predicting Congress's return to power, the BJP is going all out to put the state in its kitty.


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.

With elections in Karnataka set for May 12, the two major parties, Congress and BJP, already in the thick of electioneering, will pull out all the stops for victory. What has come as a shocker to many netas is the fact that the Counting Day (May 15) is "Amavasya Day".

Ahead of the announcement by CEC O P Rawat yesterday morning, Malviya had tweeted that voting will be held on May 12 and the counting will take place on May 18. 4500 voters who identified themselves as transgenders will also cast their vote in this election. "We agree that he (Malviya) shouldn't have tweeted it", Naqvi said.


Last election, the voter turnout was around 71.45 per cent. "CM of Karnataka Shri Siddaramaiah is the only socialist leader who wears a watch worth Rs 40 lakh and that indicates how much they have looted from the people of Karnataka", he had said. Presently Congress is ruling the state and the BJP party wants to snatch power from it. It also requires the panel to enquire from a Kannada channel allegedly owned by a BJP MP on how it announced the dates beforehand. The BJP holds 44 and the JD (s) has 40 seats respectively.

The Congress has written to the Election Commission of India, flagging Amit Shah for his comments on Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. In the case of the JD (S), it would be 64-66.


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