New Delhi: Moments before the official announcement of Karnataka assembly polls day, Amit Malviya, head of BJP’s IT cell revealed the date May 12 on Twitter. Following the revelation, huge controversy and speculations about news leak erupted.
The Congress did not wait for minutes before slamming BJP for revealing the date even before the formal announcement by the Election Commission. The party demanded stern action against BJP and FIR registration against its IT cell head. It soon emerged that the social media in-charge of Karnataka Congress had put a similar tweet revealing the dates— 15 minutes before the announcement made by the EC. The Election Commission has taken this matter seriously promised legal action
With the announcement of Poll dates and result dates, 12th and 15th May, accusation and allegation game are going to heat up. Karnataka is a crucial state for not only the Congress but also for the BJP. Karnataka win will energize its cadres after its shock defeat in recent by-polls and reaffirm its pole position before the Lok Sabha elections. The situation is worse for Congress party as a defeat in the southern state will strip it of power in the only remaining big state, which sends 20 or more MPs to the Lok Sabha.
The latest addition of 7 sitting MLAs from Janata Dal-Secular in Congress has definitely strengthened its reach and could make things little tougher for the Opposition. But JDS has already made it clear that they will go to any extent to make sure their defeat if they contest the assembly polls on Congress tickets. Siddaramaiah giving complete support to 7 rebel leaders of JDS said, “If the JDS is going to go all out to defeat these candidates, we will be going all out to ensure their win”.