Karnataka election on May 12, Amit Malviya under EC lens, EC to use VVPATs

The Election Commission is set to announce dates and the entire polling schedule of Karnataka Assembly Elections for the 224-member Karnataka assembly today

Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat

Karnataka Assembly Elections will be held on May 12 and the result will be declared on May 15, 2018, the Election Commission announced on Tuesday. Karnataka elections will be held in a single phase. Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat said that the model code of conduct has come into effect in the poll-bound state | Today’s Paper

The elections are being held to choose the 224 members of the Karnataka Assembly whose tenure ends in May 2018. The polls are being seen politically crucial for the ruling Congress, as well as the BJP, as Karnataka is the only big state where the former is in power after losing a string of Assembly elections to the saffron party in the past few years. The BJP is making a concerted bid to unseat the Congress. Besides, the Congress and the BJP, another player in the fray is former prime minister H D Deve Gowda’s JD(S).

Also Read : Karnataka Elections 2018: Fresh Faces To Lead Congress

Highlights:
Important dates for Karnataka Assembly Election 2018
17 April: Issue of notification 24 April: Last date of nomination 25 April: Date of scrutiny

27 April: Last date of withdrawal of candidates 12 May: Date of Polling 15 May: Counting of votes/ Result day

* Date of notification is April 17 and nominations should be filed by April 24. The last date of withdrawal of candidature is April 27. Counting of votes will take place on May 15.

* It will be investigated. Be assured that actions legally and administratively befitting will be taken: Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat on the question of how BJP’s IT Cell head Amit Malviya had put dates of Karnataka elections on social media.

* Certain things may have leaked for which Election Commission will take appropriate action: Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat on the question how BJP’s IT Cell head Amit Malviya had put dates of Karnataka elections on social media.

* Voting in Karnataka to be held on 12 May, counting on 15 May, announces Election Commission.

* Last date of nomination 24th April, 2018

* CEC to announce the polling schedule soon.

* No ceiling on expenditure for political parties, says Election Commission: CEC Rawat said per candidate has been allotted Rs 28 lakh for expenditure. “I urge my media friends to ensure that any wrongdoings or aberrations are highlighted,” Rawat said.

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Karnataka polls 2018: Modi blasts Cong’s ‘commission’ govt; top 10 highlights

In the past, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddramaiah has taken strong exception to PM Modi’s remarks and verbal attacks

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Karnataka
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday continued to press his attack against the Siddramaiah government ahead of the 2018 Karnataka Assembly elections. Attacking the state’s Congress government, PM Modi asked the assembled people at a rally in Mysuru whether they wanted a government with a “mission” or one that works “only for commission”. | Today’s Paper
PM Modi lashed out at the Karnataka government over alleged corruption, saying that new scams and charges of graft were surfacing “every day” under its watch.
Assembly elections are due in the state in late April or early May.
In the past, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddramaiah has taken strong exception to PM Modi’s remarks and verbal attacks.
The party’s state leaders like B S Yeddyurappa and central ministers Piyush Goel, Prakash Javdekar, Ananth Kumar and D V Sadananada Gowda attended the rally and felicitated Modi with the famous Mysore ‘peta’ (headgear).
Here are the key things PM Modi said in Mysuru and the verbal cross-fire ahead of the Assembly polls:
1) Modi claims BJP will form govt with a ‘mission’: Attacking the Congress government in Karnataka as a “commission” government, PM Modi on Monday said the welfare of the people was never its priority and that the state needed a government with a “mission” under the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to ensure all-round development.
The Prime Minister was addressing a public rally in Mysuru. Modi also said that as long as there was a Congress government in Karnataka, the state would not be able to progress. Repeating his comment made earlier this month in Bengaluru, where he had said that the Siddramaiah government in Karnataka worked for “10 per cent commission”, Modi said: “You have a choice to elect a party (BJP) which runs a government with a definite mission and reject a party (Congress) that works only for commission.”
“Karnataka does not require a ‘commission’ government but a ‘mission’ government led by the BJP which will ensure all-round progress of the state…,” Modi said.
2) A ‘lesson’ in store for Congress: “Congress has ruined the state and people will teach them a lesson in the elections,” Modi said, while speaking at the Mharaja College ground in the city, after dedicating various railway projects. | Readmore