EC denies leak of Karnataka Assembly elections poll date

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With Karnataka assembly elections coming up, the BJP and the Congress have targeted each other not just at the state level but also at the national level, including on issues such as corruption, deteriorating law and order, demonetisation, goods and services tax (GST), rising fuel prices and increasing polarisation.

There was no leak of information from the Election Commission regarding the poll schedule of Karnataka and the media report was based on "mere speculation", a committee formed by the poll panel to look into alleged leak of poll schedule ahead of the EC's announcement said on Friday.

With growing clamour among many leaders to contest from two segments, the party has chose to reject all proposals and will give an opportunity to other leaders to contest the elections, top sources in the Congress leaderhsip told Deccan Herald.

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The JD (S) has allied both with the BJP and the Congress with the past.

A few parties, including the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress, have released their first lists of candidates.

The sources also said that the KPCC chief has sought two tickets - one from the Koratagere constituency in Tumkur district, the seat which he had lost in 2013, and the other is the Pulakeshinagar constituency in Bengaluru, from where JD (S) MLA joined the Congress recently. For the remaining seats, the contest will be between the Congress and the BJP.

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Apart from seats tally, the important thing to note in the opinion polls is the vote share percentage. The survey has made an interesting finding: it says that a substantial 45 per cent of voters feel that Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in Karnataka should be given another chance. Since reservation for Muslims in education was introduced by Deve Gowda in 1995 during his tenure as a chief minister, JD (S) has maintained strong hold with the community. The opinion poll predicts a 37% vote share to Congress, while the BJP is expected to garner 35% vote share. In the last polls, JD (S) had won 40 seats.

For more than three decades now, anti-incumbency has been a common phenomenon in Karnataka.

Although the BJP and the Congress are done with several rounds of campaigning in the state, the campaigning strategy of JD (S) has also been strategically crafted, which is about concentrating on limited constituencies where it has the ground-level reach.

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