In Karnataka, winnability sole criterion for choosing Congress candidates, says KC Venugopal

30 March, 2018, 00:47 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Live blog: Election Commission to announce dates for Karnataka Election 2018

While BJP is claiming to reclaim the power again this time, the Siddramiah government is also pretty confident about their win.

The ruling Congress, which is facing a tough challenge from BJP, welcomed the election dates, asserting that the party is poll ready. "Our campaign in Karnataka is off to a fabulous start", he said on Twitter. The BJP has questioned the timing of the decision, as it came right before the state's assembly elections, and has called the decision an example of "divisive politics". Catch the reactions of Karnataka party leaders with many turning to temple run and mutt hopping. With some pre-poll surveys predicting Congress's return to power, the BJP is going all out to put the state in its kitty.

Surjewala asked if an FIR would be filed against Malviya and notice given to BJP chief Amit Shah. Photographs of all candidates will be attached to the voting machines.

Chief election commissioner OP Rawat at the news conference.

However, as he announced the dates, it turned out that the date of polling - May 12 - was the same as tweeted by Malviya. It also said that "given that the information was not entirely accurate, it is obvious it was not a leak". It had no intention to undermine the stature of the EC.

However, Malviya deleted the tweet, post social media uproar.

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"The JD-S is very clear in the matter (over alliance with other parties) that it wants to maintain equidistance from both the BJP and Congress", Babu said.

Also Read | Karnataka elections: Will voter turnout be hit due to a weekend polling day? "I expect EC to work according to the Constitution and law, and not let information leak". Though Deve Gowda's JD (S) is a third force in the State, the battle is essentially between the Congress and the BJP.

The Election Commission of India has taken serious note of the leak of Karnataka elections date by a BJP functionary before its official announcement. EC has set up a committee to look into the matter and submit the report in seven days as to how the information got leaked.

The election expenses ceiling has been fixed at Rs2.8mn per candidate for Karnataka though there is no expenditure ceiling for political parties, he said.

He said the model code of conduct came into effect immediately in the state which will also be applicable to the central government.

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