Karnataka Elections 2018: Important dates announced

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According to the Congress, Malviya announced the dates (for polling and counting) 40 minutes before the official announcement made by Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat.

In a letter to the EC, Malviya said an English news channel had reported the poll date at 11:06 am and he tweeted about it at 11:08 am.

The Election Commission has announced that the Karnataka Elections are going to be held on May 12, 2018, in a single phase, with the results to be delivered on May 15 2018.

Malviya had tweeted that counting of votes would be held on May 18. While he was correct about the date of polling, he got the counting date wrong which will actually take place on May 15. He later said: "Certain things may have leaked for which the Election Commission will take strictest possible action, both administratively and legally".

"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".

All you need to know about today's Rajya Sabha polls
The BSP, which has only 19 MLAs in the House, needed additional numbers to get Ambedkar elected against the BJP's Anil Agarwal. Veerendrakumar, was declared elected to the Rajya Sabha in the elections held for the lone seat from Kerala on Friday.

The 224-member Assembly expires on May 28 in the state where the Congress is now in power, with 122 seats against the BJP's 43.

BJP Chief Amit Shah on Tuesday expressed confidence that the BJP will win Karnataka assembly elections handsomely and said that the party will not go for an alliance with JD (S) but contest independently in all the seats. However, when TOI did check with EC sources, they conceded that no action can be initiated against Malviya or any intermediary to whom the poll date may have been leaked. Congress leader R.P.N. Singh later said Mr. Srivatsa had seen the news in a local channel owned by a BJP leader. The credibility of EC is on the test.

Karnataka remains one of the few states in India where the Congress party is still in power, apart from Punjab, Meghalaya, and Mizoram.

As if the stir caused by BJP's IT chief Amit Malviya wasn't enough, it was the turn of BJP President Amit Shah to inadvertently create another controversy.