EC to take 'strict action' against Karnataka election date leak

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The previous assembly polls were held on May 5 in 2013 in a single phase, with 2,948 candidates in the fray. The last date of issue of Gazette notification is April 17, 2018.

Last date of withdrawal of candidature: April 27, 2018.

Shah is campaigning for his party in Karnataka for the May 12 Assembly elections, in which the BJP seeks to upstage the Congress.

Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah gave political rivals a free hit on Tuesday when he misspoke at a press conference in Karnataka saying if ever there was a competition for corruption, the Yeddyurappa government would win the first prize.

The Congress was quick to attack the BJP, calling the ruling party the new "Super Election Commission".

Earlier in the day, BJP IT chief Amit Malviya and Karnataka Congress social media in-charge Srivatsa tweeted declaring the dates for election in Karnataka, though half incorrect, even before the EC announced the dates.

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Rawat said VVPAT machines, apart from EVMs, will be deployed in Karnataka for the polls.

Usually controversies begin after the elections have taken place but in Karnataka it seems like trouble has started brewing even before the elections.

The 224-member state assembly will go to the polls on May 12 and the counting of votes is on May 15. VVPATS are going to be used during the polling. A two-stage randomisation of EVMs and VVPATs will also be done.

He said the alleged leak of the election schedule for the Karnataka elections will be investigated.

All registered service voters will be delivered e-postal ballot of their respective constituency through electronically transmitted postal ballot, which will be printed and after casting the vote will be sent back to the returning officer by post.

"Kuvempu had praised Karnataka as 'Sarva Janangada Shantiya Thota' or the garden where all communities live in harmony", Shah said in a reference to the pen name of Karnataka's most eminent poet, Kuppalli Venkatappa Puttappa. While trying to corner the Congress, he wrongly said the great Ahom ruler, Sukapha, had driven away the Mughal invaders who attacked Assam in the Battle of Saraighat fought in 1671 and that Tarun Gogoi has been protecting the descendants of the Mughals. "Farmer suicides have reduced after BJP came to power in the state", he said.