EC orders probe into BJP IT chief's tweet

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The BJP IT Cell chief had also deleted his tweet within moments.

Rawat said VVPAT machines, apart from EVMs, will be used for the polls. 4500 voters who identified themselves as transgenders will also cast their vote in this election. Rahul Gandhi also toured Karnataka last week.

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.

Such is the anti-incumbency wave in the state that no incumbent government has retained power in elections in Karnataka since 1985.

The date of notification is April 17 and nominations can be filed till April 24.

"Will EC now issue notice to BJP President, Amit Shah & register an FIR against BJP IT Head for leaking EC's confidential information?"

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 parties' internal surveys posit roughly similar forecasts; giving the Congress an edge in 100 of 224 Assembly seats, the BJP in about 70-90; and the JD (S) to take a beating and yet play kingmaker.

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Srivatsa tweeted: "For those asking me about my tweet on the poll dates, wasn't listening to the EC presser, saw local and national media flashing the dates and thought that it has been announced".

The ruling Congress, which is facing a tough challenge from the BJP, welcomed the election dates, asserting that the party is poll ready.

Shah also accused the Siddaramaiah government of trying to divide Hindus and being the "most corrupt" one in the country.

One officer, who is part of the election machinery, said: "In addition, he is non-controversial, known for fair play and a gentleman". The BJP's chief ministerial candidate Yeddyurappa is among the state's most prominent Lingayat leaders.

On the other hand, BJP too welcomed poll dates and claimed that the party was a step closer to "Congress Mukth Bharat". This agency has not been off the mark in the past as well and had predicted a BJP win in 2008.

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.

Will it be a clear mandate or will it be a hung assembly in Karnataka?