Karnataka Date Leak: Only Congress, not BJP's Amit Malviya, to be quizzed

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However, as he announced the dates, it turned out that the date of polling - May 12 - was the same as tweeted by Malviya.

Rawat said VVPAT machines, apart from EVMs, will be used for the polls.

He said webcasting at identified critical stations for live monitoring of election process, to keep a check on illegal activities such as booth capturing, money distribution and bogus voting etc will also be done.

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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Malviya tweeted that polls would be held on 12 May 12 and counting will take place on 18 May.

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

A Congress spokesperson said that this violates the Election Commission's Model Code of Conduct, which kicked in after the dates of the Assembly election was announced.

In the 225-member state assembly, with the inclusion of one nominated, there are now atleast 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. In the tweet, which was later deleted after controversy erupted, Malviya got the polling date right but got the counting date wrong. The EC said social media is a reality but precautions will be taken.

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The Congress has written to the Election Commission of India, flagging Amit Shah for his comments on Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

If the Congress manages to pull off this election, then it would be the first time since 1985 that an incumbent government would be retaining power.

One officer, who is part of the election machinery, said: "In addition, he is non-controversial, known for fair play and a gentleman". Other than BJP and Congress, JD (S) will also be competing the polls.

Congress has fielded incumbent Chief Minister Siddramiah as its candidate and BJP has chosen former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa to contest the polls for the topmost post in Karnataka.

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In 2005, Siddaramaiah was sacked from the JD (S) and experts suggested that the reason behind the move was that Deve Gowda wanted to promote his son HD Kumaraswamy within the party.

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