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The poll bugle has been sounded for Karnataka where a triangular contest is in the offing for 224-assembly seats between the K. Siddaramaiah-led Congress party the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Janata Dal

The poll bugle has been sounded for Karnataka where a triangular contest is in the offing for 224-assembly seats between the K. Siddaramaiah-led Congress party the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Janata Dal

BJP claimed that when the results of the assembly elections are announced on May 15, it will win with a thumping majority and reach a step closer to its aim of building a "Congress Mukth Bharat".

Rawat said VVPAT machines, apart from EVMs, will be used for the polls. "Photographs of the candidates will also be available on the ballots in the EVM", the Chief Election Commissioner said.

The polling in Karnataka's 224 assembly constituencies will be held in a single phase on May 12 and the counting of votes will be held on May 15. Given that the Karnataka poll will be the first major contest after Rahul Gandhi formally took over as the Congress chief, failure to do reasonably well in the State can prove ominous for the party. Other important dates regarding the elections are, last day to submit the nomination is 24 April 2018, scrutiny of the nominations will be done on 25 April 018, the last date to withdraw the nominations is 27 April 2018.

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.

Even as both Congress and BJP are engaged in a heated battle to ensure its victory in the Karnataka Assembly elections, the two parties are now under the scanner of the Election Commission (EC) over poll date leak.

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. "Amit Malviya tweeted Karnataka elections dates at 11 am".

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The Election Commission's announcement of the dates for the Karnataka Assembly elections on Tuesday has sparked alive an already electric poll environment in the electorally contrarian state. The EC said social media is a reality but precautions will be taken.

BJP President Amit Shah, who is on a two-day tour in central Karnataka, expressed confidence over a poll victory. The BJP has accused the Congress government of hypocrisy.

In Karnataka, the election commission has announced implementation of The Model code of conduct with immediate effect.

Chief Electoral Officer for Karnataka Sanjiv Kumar (right) and Deputy CEO Ujjwal Kumar Ghosh releasing posters by the Election Commission in Bengaluru yesterday. "During Rajya Sabha polls, the leadership sent a clear message that dedicated Congress workers will be given preference as candidates", said a Congress screening committee member. Other than BJP and Congress, JD (S) will also be competing the polls.

In 2005, Siddaramaiah was sacked from the JD (S) and experts suggested that the reason behind the move was that Deve Gowda wanted to promote his son HD Kumaraswamy within the party.

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