Karnataka Assembly election on May 12, counting on May 15: CEC

Karnataka Assembly election on May 12, counting on May 15: CEC

The announcement was made by Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat. "The poll body has been using VVPAT machines in elections since a year ago", it added. The Congress is now having 122 seats against BJP which has about 43 seats., The elections are so positive for Congress party wherein the BJP is under bigger problems for the state.

Date of counting: May 15, 2018. The BJP, which is now in power in 20 states, is trying to add a 21st state to the list.

A win in Karnataka would be a massive boost for the BJP as the saffron party has been eyeing South India for a while now. Commenting on the distribution of things by the likely candidates some people said, "We were surprised when people associated with certain political parties started becoming active in our area".

VVPAT machines, apart from EVMs, will be deployed in Karnataka for the polls, said the poll commission.

While the polling date coincided with what Malviya tweeted, the date for counting of votes was different. On a day the Election Commission announced May 12 as the polling date in the state, Javadekar claimed that the people there are eager to throw out the Congress government due to its "divide and rule policy".

Quick to react to the gaffe, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah thanked the BJP President for speaking the truth. Plus, the presence of the unpredictable JD (S), which is hopeful of getting at least 30-40 seats, makes the battle more interesting.

Recently, addressing a rally in Shimoga (Karnataka), Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah, pulled down on Chief Minister Siddramiah and the ruling Congress government in Karnataka.

Rahul Gandhi, along with other leaders, had visited Shringeri Sharadamba Temple in Chikmagalur district and Sringeri Mutt last week as a part of his "Jana Aashirwada Yatre".

Congress has fielded incumbent Chief Minister Siddramiah as its candidate and BJP has chosen former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa to contest the polls for the topmost post in Karnataka.

Karnataka has 225 state Assembly constituencies, out of which members for 224 seats are elected through Assembly elections and the remaining one is nominated by the Karnataka governor from the Anglo-Indian community.

The survey was conducted between March 1 and 25 and the poll agency took feedback from 22,357 voters in 154 assembly constituencies.

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