May 12 Election, May 15 Results

His tweet came when Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat was addressing a press conference to announce the schedule for Karnataka polls but had not announced the date.

The last date for filing the nominations is April 24. Candidates can withdraw their candidature by 27 April.

Though the reports in tweets mentioned the polling date as May 12 and the counting date as May 18, the ECI declared the actual schedule of Karnataka assembly polls with voting date as May 12 but the counting date as May 15.

The Karnataka Assembly elections in 2013 had witnessed the Congress storming to power with 122 seats after occupying the Opposition benches for seven years, landing a huge blow for the BJP, which was battling a fractious split and corruption charges.

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.

While the polling date coincided with what Malviya tweeted, the date for counting of votes was different.

While the Congress is aiming to retain the state, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is putting all its might to get the state into its kitty. He said, however, paid news will also be monitored by the Election Commission.

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"BJP becomes the "Super Election Commission" as they announce poll dates for Karnataka even before the EC".

Not willing to squander a juicy free hit, Congress leaders and the party's IT cell had a field day with Shah's comment.

"BJP's IT cell chief Amit Malviya's name is not mentioned in the EC order as his letter on the issue has already been received", said an official.

"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.

Political circles say an improved show by the Congress will largely be because of the free hand given to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah by the party high-command to pick candidates.

He corrected himself when former BJP Karnataka chief Prahlad Joshi pointed it out, but his faux pas stunned former Chief Minister Yeddyurappa, who was sitting next to him.

  • Megan Austin