Row erupts after BJP announces Karnataka poll dates even before EC, Congress demands action
BJP national Information & Technology chief Amit Malviya on Tuesday sparked a controversy after he took to Twitter and leaked the Karnataka Assembly election 2018 dates even before the official announcement by the Election Commission (EC).
After several minutes of Malviya’s tweet, the EC announced that elections for 225-seat Karnataka Assembly will be held on May 12 and the result will be out on May 15, 2018.
Taking serious note of Malviya’s tweet, Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat said that appropriate action will be taken against the BJP IT cell chief.
“Certain things may have leaked for which Election Commission will take appropriate action. It will be investigated. Be assured that befitting actions legally and administratively will be taken,” Rawat said.
In the wake of it, the main Opposition Congress slammed the BJP for becoming "Super Election Commission" and asked if the party is stealing the data of the Constitutional Bodies.
“BJP becomes the ‘Super Election Commission’ as they announce poll dates for Karnataka even before the EC. Credibility of EC is on test,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted.
“Will EC now issue notice to BJP President, Amit Shah & register an FIR against BJP IT Head for leaking EC’s confidential information?” Surjewala asked.
भाजपा ने चुनाव आयोग से पहले ही कर्नाटक के चुनावों की तारीखों का ऐलान किया।— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) March 27, 2018
चुनाव आयोग की विश्वसनीयता को ये सीधी चुनौती है।प्रश्न यह है-
1.क्या संवैधानिक संस्थाओं का डेटा भी भाजपा चुरा रही है?
2. क्या चुनाव आयोग श्री अमित शाह को नोटिस देगा और भाजपा के IT सेल पर FIR दर्ज करवाएगा? pic.twitter.com/mmzTjIAQqW
However, Malviya's tweet drew flak from users as he got the date of counting wrong and soon he deleted the tweet.
A section of social media users started questioning him for leaking the dates of Karnataka Assembly polls.
— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) March 27, 2018
The elections in Karnataka would once again see the BJP take on its traditional rival Congress, which has been in power in the state. After the BJP came to power in the Centre in 2014, it has won in states like Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Assam and Manipur.