BJP has become 'Super Election Commission', says Congress

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A war of words of broke out between the BJP and its opponents as even before chief election commissioner (CEC), OP Rawat, announced the dates for the election, BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya tweeted the poll dates.

The previous assembly polls were held on May 5 in 2013 in a single phase, with 2,948 candidates in the fray.

The notification for poll will be made on April 17 and the last date for filing nomination will be April 24, the Commission said.

The last date of scrutiny of nominations was April 25, 2018. Though, the reports in tweets mentioned the Polling date as 12th May, 2018 and Counting date as 18th May, 2018, it was clarified that actual schedule of Karnataka Assembly Elections has the Counting date as 15th May, 2018.

"EC Social Media hub will look into the allegations of harnessing of user information through mobile applications of political parties and political personalities", said Rawat.

The tenure of the 225-member state Karnataka legislative assembly, including one nominated, ends on May 28 and the EC is expected to hold the state polls in April or May.

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The state elections in Karnataka is being seen as a crucial voting for the ruling Congress as well as the BJP, who is trying its best to unseat the incumbent.

The video of Shah's slip of tongue is now being circulated on the microblogging site with Congress saying that finally, the BJP chief spoke the truth.

The BJP has already put its weight behind Lingayat leader Yeddyurappa by projecting him as its chief ministerial candidate.

As if the stir caused by BJP's IT chief Amit Malviya wasn't enough, it was the turn of BJP President Amit Shah to inadvertently create another controversy.

A win in Karnataka is much-needed for the Congress Party ahead of the 2019 general elections. "Will EC now issue notice to BJP President, Amit Shah & register an FIR against BJP IT Head for leaking EC's confidential information?"

"But when the 14th finance commission was implemented after the BJP came to power at the Centre, funds for Karnataka were increased to Rs 2,19,506 crore".