Election Commission Working In Favour Of BJP: AAP

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The probe orders by the Election Commission came hours after the BJP's IT cell chief Amit Malviya tweeted the Karnataka polling schedule even before the poll conducting body's press conference.

Times Now has told the Election Commission that it got the information from "informed sources".

The Election Commission just set the ball rolling for Karnataka assembly elections by announcing election dates in May.

The polling will take place in a single phase election on May 12 while the counting will be done on May 15.

"The matter will definitely be investigated and strict action will be taken if there is any leak", said Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat when journalists questioned him over Malaviya's tweet.

In the 225-member Assembly, including one nominated, there are now 122 members from the ruling Congress, 43 from the Bharatiya Janata Party, 30 from the Janata Dal-Secular, eight Independents, 14 vacant seats, with a few others from regional parties. Hence, the region requires a separate poll strategy than the rest of Karnataka.

The latest decision by Karnataka government to give a separate religious status to Lingayat community seems to dominate the political undercurrents in this Southern state. He later deleted the tweet. He was correct about the day of the voting, but got the counting date wrong.Counting is on 15 May, according to EC. "Delay in formulating such strategy has left us at the receiving end", the leader said.

Suvarna News said it has no sources within the EC and it relies entirely on national news channels for national-level information.

Conversely BJP aspire to unseat Congress.

Mr Kumar said awareness about the importance of electoral participation was being created among voters through Systematic Voter Education and Electroral Participation (SVEEP).

Asked about a pre-poll survey forecasting 126 seats for the Congress in the coming polls, he said "there is no doubt about it; we will come back (to power)".

Not one to temper expectations, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah called it a clash between "communalism and secularism" which will be a "stepping stone" for Rahul Gandhi to prime ministership in 2019. The EC said social media is a reality but precautions will be taken.

Janata Dal (Secular) state President H D Kumaraswamy invoking the gods, said that their blessings were on his party.