The fate of the political parties, and the 224-member Karnataka assembly, will be decided on May 12, when the state goes to poll as Election Commission announced the date for the same on Tuesday. The counting of votes will take place on May 15.
Notifications for the polls will be out on April 17, last date of filing nominations is April 24. The nomination papers will be scrutinized on April 25.
Announcing the schedule in New Delhi, Chief election commission Om Prakash Rawat said ‘accessible elections’ will be the theme of the polls where more than four crore people are eligible to vote. Nearly 56,700 booths are being set and each family will be given a voter’s guide.
Amid the rising concern of online data theft, and facing a lot of criticism over the data breach that was allegedly used to influence polls across the world, the CEC says that Facebook will remain its social media partner for the polls. The CEC said, “Social media is reality but precautions will be taken.”
Both the political parties, Congress and the BJP, have stepped-up the campaign in the state. Where Congress is eyeing to hold on to one of the few states after losing the strings to BJP, and BJP is aiming for a comeback ahead of the 2019 General Election. Which is also open the gateway to South, which is seen as the vital to its poll calculations.
A win for the Congress will not only boost the party core workers, but also to the Gandhi scion, Rahul Gandhi, who took over to the party President in December and has been aggressively taking on the Modi government in Public as well as social media.