Апреля 24 2018

EC Constitutes Panel to Probe Leak of Karnataka Poll Dates

Апреля 24 2018, 06:58 | Irvin Gilbert

Congress screening committee meeting. Courtesy ANI news

Congress screening committee meeting. Courtesy ANI news

"Given that the information wasn't entirely accurate it is obvious it wasn't a leak", the English news channel's editor-in-chief Rahul Shivshankar said in an official response to the EC's letter.

Shah's reference to the expensive watch of Siddaramaiah was made in the context of the state assembly election on May 12, as announced by the poll panel earlier in the day. The tenure of the current Assembly ends on May 28.

The date of notification is April 17 and nominations can be filed till April 24.

@INCKarnataka welcomes the Election Commission's announcement. Photographs of all candidates will be attached to the voting machines.

Interestingly, the announcement of election dates saw a fresh controversy with the BJP IT Cell head tweeting the dates before the official announcement.

Even as both Congress and BJP are engaged in a heated battle to ensure its victory in the Karnataka Assembly elections, the two parties are now under the scanner of the Election Commission (EC) over poll date leak.

"I›m confident that this time the Janata Dal government, which is Janata government, will come to power", he said, reacting to the poll dates. "Our campaign in Karnataka is off to a fabulous start", he said on Twitter. "I expect EC to work according to the Constitution and law, and not let information leak". Times Now TV channel, and Suvarna news channel. It had no intention to undermine the stature of the Election Commission. A Karnataka Congress leader had also tweeted the same thing. KPCC President G Parameshwara said in a tweet.

Malviya has explained that he sourced his information from a television channel and has provided a screenshot as evidence.

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Times Now says it wasn't a "leak" as the details given by informed sources were incorrect; Karnataka's Suvarna News says it followed the former's lead.

"I firmly believe in the exclusive constitutional domain of the Election Commission to conduct free and fair elections in the country, and also in the confidentiality and secrecy mandated upon it in the process of doing so", he wrote.

However, Malviya deleted the tweet, post social media uproar. "Credibility of EC is on test", he said. Out of this number, 2.52 crore from the total registered voters are men, and 2.44 are women. There are 56,696 polling stations, compared to 52,034 in the 2013 polls, about 9 percent increase. Looking at the results of the recent elections of Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat and the dream of BJP to paint India saffron, everybody has their eyes next on Karnataka. In her statement to the media, Banerjee said, "All agencies are being used and misused".

Karnataka has traditionally voted anti incumbency.

The JD-S spokesman ruled out any pre-poll tie-up of the party with the BJP or the Congress.

In a first, one all-women managed polling station in each assembly constituency would be set up where the entire polling staff, including the police and security personnel, will be women. This agency has not been off the mark in the past as well and had predicted a BJP win in 2008.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is all set to battle it out in the upcoming Assembly election to continue for a second term in the state. As you all may know that, BJP came to power in 2014, also every since they are ruling the nation they are making an all-state winning. The poll panel announced the schedule around 11.20am. The JD (S) may end up with 25 seats and is likely to play kingmaker.

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