EC orders probe into BJP IT chief's tweet

Congress screening committee meeting. Courtesy ANI news

Interestingly, in its office order, the panel omitted the name of BJP IT cell head, Amit Malviya, who had tweeted the date, but later clarified that it had been done because his reply had already reached the commission on the same day. He further said Facebook will remain it's social media partner for the Karnataka Assembly poll.

Strongly emphasizing on having an inclusive election, the officer said additional facilities of ramps, wheelchairs will also be provided to allow the disabled persons to vote.

All-women teams will manage 450 of the total 56,696 polling booths in the Karnataka Assembly polls on May 12, an election official said on Tuesday.

Political calculations have become frenzied this time as again Lok Sabha polls are due exactly one year after the upcoming assembly elections.

As per the EC, the date for notification will be April 17 and April 24 is the last date of filing nomination.

The five terms of reference of the probe committee has been listed as enquiring from the media as well as Srivatsa on the source of their information on the poll date before its official announcement.

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A Congress spokesperson said that this violates the Election Commission's Model Code of Conduct, which kicked in after the dates of the Assembly election was announced.

The 224-member Assembly expires May 28 in the state where the Congress is now in power, with 122 seats against the BJP's 43.

While the polling date coincided with what Malviya tweeted, the date for counting of votes was different. Though he deleted the tweet, he got the poll date right but the date of counting wrong. In her statement to the media, Banerjee said, "All agencies are being used and misused". Presently Congress is ruling the state and the BJP party wants to snatch power from it. "Chief minister Siddaramaiah was doing well, but he and Congress national president Rahul Gandhi have cooked the party's goose with the move to divide Lingayats and antagonizing (JDS leader) H D Deve Gowda". The poll panel announced the schedule around 11.20am.

Check out this detailed information about the controversy of leaked details of Karnataka Election 2018. In the case of the JD (S), it would be 64-66. Other than BJP and Congress, JD (S) will also be competing the polls.

Officials said IT and other initiatives taken by the CEO office for the elections include Global Positioning System based vehicle tracking of flying squads, GIS enabled complete database of polling stations and digital maps, Digital Atlas of all polling station areas and assembly constituencies.

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