EC rejects 'leak' of K'taka poll date

EC rejects 'leak' of K'taka poll date

The poll schedule was announced on March 27 at the EC in the national capital. The Karnataka Janata Paksha (of Padmanabha Prasanna Kumar and Yeddyurappa) and Badavara Shramikara Raithara Congress Party (BSRCP) of Sriramulu had polled 10 and three per cent votes respectively. "Thus, the committee is of the opinion that there was no leak of schedule of elections to Karnataka Legislative Assembly 2018", the committee said it its report.

Later, it was discovered that Karnataka Congress' social head media in-charge Srivatsa also tweeted about the same dates at exactly the same time. "It is the responsibility of all the stakeholders including media and political parties not to attempt any speculation that may create doubt in the minds of our stakeholders and citizens at large", the Committee said.

The committee is of the view that the existing system is robust.


The CEC is believed to have discussed whether to give tickets to all the 122 sitting Congress MLAs, 7 JD (S) and 2 BJP and other independent leaders who joined the party fold recently, they said.

It said that the existing process/system is "robust enough", but considering the secrecy of the process the Committee will "separately brief the Commission for further strengthening the process, if required". The counting of vote will be done on May 15 and the result will also be declared on the same day. As per the electoral agreement, BSP is set to contest in 20 constituencies out of total 224 seats, and has announced the list of its candidates.

However, it noted that the presentation of the news by Times Now and other channels and its subsequent tweeting by politicians just as the Chief Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat was making the announcement was "avoidable" and they "could have acted in a more responsible manner". "Credibility of EC is on test". "Given that the information was not entirely accurate it was obvious it was not a leak". According to sources he had asked his (Gowda) support for the 2019 elections to defeat BJP and the congress to the formation of a third entity.

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