Published: Wed, March 28, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

EC to take 'strict action' against K'taka election date leak

EC to take 'strict action' against K'taka election date leak

Polling for the 224-member Karnataka assembly elections will be held in a single phase on May 12, while counting of votes will be done on May 15. Also, the whole notification and other further details are also published by the election commission. He mixed up the names of BJP's candidate BS Yeddyurappa and the current Chief Minister Siddaramaiah of the Congress.

Shah, in fact, meant Siddaramaiah but instead named Yeddyurappa, who is BJP's candidate for Karnataka chief minister. As many as 50,446 polling stations were set up for a total of 4.18 crore voters in the state.

"Will EC now issue a notice to BJP president, Amit Shah and register an FIR against BJP IT Head for leaking EC's confidential information", Surjewala asked on Twitter. While the ruling party is leaving no stone unturned to retain the power, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying every tactic to wrestle the power from the former as the outcome is considered the gateway to southern India for political parties.

A win in Karnataka is much-needed for the Congress Party ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Though Rawat clarified that the dates were incorrect, and Malviya later deleted his tweet, the CEC conceded: "Certain things may have leaked for which Election Commission will take appropriate action".

Amit Malviya also wrote a letter to the Election Commission, reiterating that he had tweeted the information based on the Times Now flash at 11:06 am, and even attached the tweet of Srivatsav. "Be assured that actions, legally and administratively befitting, will be taken".

"Shocking that BJP IT cell knew Karnataka elections 2018 dates before official Election Commission announcement". This imperils democracy not just the credibility of the Election Commission.

Karnataka is one of the big states which will go to polls in 2018.

Karnataka is now being ruled by the Congress which has a total of 113 MLAs in the house of 224. Of the other three important states going to the polls at the end of 2018, the party looks vulnerable in Rajasthan after its embarrassing bypoll defeats earlier this year, while it's battling multiple-term anti-incumbency in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

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