Published: Fri, March 30, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Congress questions Election Commission for giving clean chit to BJP IT head

Congress questions Election Commission for giving clean chit to BJP IT head

"On May 15th, 1.BJP will win with thumping majority 2". "I think Karnataka will continue to vote different in both elections and I think the ruling party (Congress) is doing quite well here", he said.

"The number of new voters across the state has increased by 60 lakh, taking the total electorate to 4.96 crore as against 4.36 crore in 2013 Assembly elections", he said.

Recalling that the then UPA government had rejected the state government's proposal to recognise Lingayats as a separate religious community, Shah dared the Congress to explain why the decision was made only before the assembly election and not during its five-year rule in the southern state. Indeed, not unlike Punjab where it was Captain Amarinder Singh, who was virtually the lone spearhead of the Congress campaign, in Karnataka too the central Congress leadership has a marginal role to play, with the shots being called by the outgoing chief minister Siddaramiah.

Meanwhile, the parties are engaged in playing blame games and luring the voters, there have some rumours regarding the EVM machines that will be used during the elections.

However, the election commission board authorities have assured that the EVMs can not be tampered. He further said Facebook will remain it's social media partner for the Karnataka Assembly poll.

"Will EC now issue notice to BJP President Amit Shah and register an FIR against BJP IT Head for leaking EC's confidential information?" he sought to know. It had no intention to undermine the stature of the Election Commission.

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If the Ramakrishna Hegde led Janata government was in power in Karnataka, the Rajiv Gandhi led Congress formed the government at the Centre.

Tiwari said the tweet by the BJP functionary has impacted the credibility of the Commission. Malviya wrote on Twitter, "Karnataka will vote on 12 May 2018, counting on 18 May 2018". It means BJP is dictating polling dates to Election Commission. Post "data leak", a "date leak" infringing upon the neutrality of EC, yet no questions being asked.

Shah also accused the Siddaramaiah government of trying to divide Hindus and being the "most corrupt" one in the country.

According to the schedule announced by the Election Commission, the counting will take place on May 15. "I wish to clarify that the source of my information was based on a newsbreak put out by Times Now, a leading national TV channel at 1 1.06 am", Malviya clarified in a letter to the EC, reported India Today.

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.

The results will be declared on May 15, Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat announced yesterday. He said the date of notification is April 17 and the last date to file nominations is April 24. The poll panel announced the schedule around 11.20am.

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