Women To Keep Vigilance, Operate 450 Polling Booths In Karnataka Elections

Clay Curtis
March 30, 2018

The EC on Tuesday announced a single-phase election for the 224-member Karnataka Legislative Assembly on 12 May, with the counting of votes to be taken up on 15 May. While speaking to the media he accused Congress party of playing the policy of divide and rule to win the upcoming assembly elections.

The election expenses ceiling for candidates has been fixed at Rs 28 lakh per candidate for Karnataka though there is no expenditure ceiling for political parties, he said. Malviya wrote to the EC on Tuesday that he had posted the dates of polling and counting only after learning it from news flash by a national TV channel.

The State Government has come under the radar of the Election Commission for allowing a few departments to run on the "advice" of experts.

If the Congress manages to pull off this election, then it would be the first time since 1985 that an incumbent government would be retaining power.

In another Tweet, he also gave a reference of Times Now News Channel as his source. It is now in an alliance with the Congress in the Bengaluru corporation, but Rahul Gandhi has attacked the party calling it the "B" team of the BJP. It means BJP is dictating polling dates to Election Commission. "We will be a step closer to Congress Mukth Bharata", BJP said in a tweet. "I expect EC to work according to the Constitution and law, and not let information leak".

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The Congress has written to the Election Commission of India, flagging Amit Shah for his comments on Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

The Election Commission will notify the poll on April 17 and the last date for filing nominations is April 24 and withdrawal on April 27.

"The Committee has made a decision to further examine the responses received so far and take further necessary action in this regard", said a statement issued by the EC.

Amid a debate over whether a bunch of political advisers, appointed by the government, can continue to function under the Model Code of Conduct, the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Karnataka Sanjiv Kumar clarified that political advisers have no role to play in governance during the Model Code of Conduct. The results will be announced on May 15. Leading up to 2019, the outcome of the Karnataka polls could dictate whether the Congress can be considered the fulcrum around which the opposition to the BJP can galvanise. This raises the possibility of the BJP and JD (S) revisiting their old alliance, which went awry as Mr Kumaraswamy reneged on it, giving the BJP's B.S. Yeddyurappa the chance to ride to victory in 2008.

Apart from the two national parties, there is also a third alternative - the H.D. Deve Gowda-led Janata Dal (Secular) (JDS).

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