EC denies leak of Karnataka Assembly elections poll date

Karnataka Assembly Election 2018

BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa and Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah

Karnataka poll schedule was not leaked, said an Election Commission committee in its report on Friday.

BJP chief Amit Shah said his party was ready to take up any issue but that the Congress did not allow the Parliament to function in the recently concluded session which saw more disruptions than discussions leading to a complete washout. JD (S) was the key player in forming coalition governments, first with the Congress and later shifting its support to the BJP. In 2013 he had defeated MG Mamadapur of JD (S) by 15,113 votes.

After the announcement of the list of its 126 candidates almost two months before the election notification came out, its MLA nominees have begun their ground work in their respective constituencies, way before their principal contenders: Congress and BJP did. Mr Parameshwaran has tickets from the Koratagere constituency in Tumkur district and Pulakeshinagar constituency in Bengaluru, where sitting JD (S) MLAs had joined the Congress. With less than a month left for campaigning, Deve Gowda is scheduled to campaign in Mumbai-Karnataka and Hyderabad-Karnataka areas, where the party needs to improve its ground.

There is a possibility of releasing candidates for about 136 constituencies out of 224 in the state, the sources said.

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The Congress government has spent around ₹55,000 crore in North Karnataka on various development projects such as irrigation, roads, and rural development, etc. But the Congress leadership is reportedly not too keen about it. Meanwhile, the AIMIM has yet to make a formal announcement regarding the elections.

The surveyors add that the ruling Congress will achieve an overall vote share of 37%, leaving the BJP and JD (S) with 35% and 19% respectively.

"Historically, media has speculated the schedules of elections in the past". The JD (S) which is in pre-poll alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has chances of winning 34 to 43 seats, according to the survey. Only less than 30 per cent feel that Siddaramaiah's performance is not up to the mark. If the anti-incumbency trend repeats, JD (S) will be benefitting along with the BJP.

The BJP had also denied speculations of any understanding with the JD (S).

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