BJP terms Siddaramaiah's rule 'tyrannical', says 'redemption' not too far

Karnataka Congress screening committee meeting underway

Karnataka Congress screening committee meeting underway

The polling in Karnataka's 224 assembly constituencies will be held in a single phase on May 12 and the counting of votes will be held on May 15. Speculation is rife that the Chief Minister, who has already indicated that the 2018 assembly polls could "most likely" be his last election, is keen on fielding his son Dr Yatindra from Varuna. The tenure of the current Assembly ends on May 28. Other important dates regarding the elections are, last day to submit the nomination is 24 April 2018, scrutiny of the nominations will be done on 25 April 018, the last date to withdraw the nominations is 27 April 2018. Photographs of all candidates will be attached to the voting machines.

However, as he announced the dates, it turned out that the date of polling - May 12 - was the same as tweeted by Malviya. "Amit Malviya tweeted Karnataka elections dates at 11 am".

"The minority status to the Lingayats is only an election stunt enacted by the ruling Congress to appease the community's voters", asserted Shah on the second day of his two-day visit to the poll-bound southern state.

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.

Taking a swipe at the BJP, Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "Now that the BJP IT cell has announced Karnataka elections, time for a sneak preview of our top-secret campaign video!" He says Yeddyurappa ran the most corrupt Govt ever.

The EC committee is still examining if there was an institutional failure that may have led to the leak.

"Times now news channel accessed the details from informed sources". It had no intention to undermine the stature of the EC. "We agree that he (Malviya) shouldn't have tweeted it", Naqvi said.

Malviya has explained that he sourced his information from a television channel and has provided a screenshot as evidence. "It is an indication that we want the election to be free and fair". Malviya, however, tweeted that he had only quoted a news channel.

Dubbing the Karnataka government's notification of religious minority status to the Lingayat community an election stunt, BJP's national President Amit Shah on Tuesday said appeasement polices were the culture of the Congress. "Now, who is putting EC's credibility at stake?"

This prompted the EC to set up a committee to investigate the sources of the leak.

The total number of registered voters in the state are 4.96 crore according to officials.

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