Karnataka poll date leak


Earlier in the day, Amit Malviya, head of the BJP's Information Technology cell, tweeted the date of the Karnataka Assembly polls before the EC announcement.

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

C-Fore, whose previous pre-poll surveys have never been off the mark, has said that the Congress is likely to get 46 percent of the votes, a positive swing of nine percent while the BJP is expected to get 31 percent votes and the JD (S), 16 percent of the total votes.

"Certain things may have leaked for which Election Commission will take appropriate action".

"The Committee would also suggest steps needed to prevent any such eventuality in future".

"I hereby clarify that the source of my information was a newsbreak that I saw on Times Now TV Channel at L1.06 AM, which I then used to post my tweet", Srivatsa said in a letter to the EC. He said people can conjecture but noted that since the information has been "leaked", the election commission will probe the matter and take "stringent action" both "legally and administratively".

Ahead of the announcement of the election date by the Election Commission, the dates were leaked.

"As is evident the final dates announced by the Election Commission were different from what the channel reported that was the source of information in my tweet", Malviya said.

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The results will be declared on May 15, Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat announced on Tuesday. "Dear EC, While we welcome any investigation to ensure that your credibility is not undermined however find it extremely shocking that IT head of BJP has been absolved even before enquiry begins".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and Congress president Rahul Gandhi have all visited the state. However, the election commission board authorities have assured that the EVMs can not be tampered. The EC should answer how he got to know about the date.

When asked on Twitter how he had access to the dates before the EC annoucement, Malviya said a news channel flashed the dates and they were already public.

"I hope that our democracy is not so weak, otherwise the BJP will start announcing the election results also", he said.

Kumar also ruled out the possibility of the poll date being revised, after the BJP objected to polling being fixed on a weekend (May 12 is a second Saturday) instead of a week day.

The party is in alliance with Bahujan Samaj Party for Karnataka polls.