Interestingly, the announcement of election dates saw a fresh controversy with the BJP IT Cell head tweeting the dates before the official announcement. There have been allegations that EVM machines can be tampered and hence the people of Karnata are anxious about this possibility hampering the choosing of their candidate. Rahul Gandhi also toured Karnataka last week.
The results will be declared on May 15, Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat announced on Tuesday. Karnataka is the only major State where the Congress is in power at present and retaining it is crucial for the party morale ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Other important dates regarding the elections are, last day to submit the nomination is 24 April 2018, scrutiny of the nominations will be done on 25 April 018, the last date to withdraw the nominations is 27 April 2018.
Now, you all should remember that, before Chief Election Commission OP Rawat announced the dates of the election, they were leaked online. The parties' internal surveys posit roughly similar forecasts; giving the Congress an edge in 100 of 224 Assembly seats, the BJP in about 70-90; and the JD (S) to take a beating and yet play kingmaker. "Amit Malviya tweeted Karnataka elections dates at 11 am". They revealed the poll dates on Twitter at around the same time and made the same mistake with the date of the counting votes. The EC said social media is a reality but precautions will be taken.
If the Congress manages to pull off this election, then it would be the first time since 1985 that an incumbent government would be retaining power.
Even as both parties are intensifying their campaigns and hitting out at each other over their governance, here's a look at Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's CV, and his run in Indian politics.
Welcoming the single-phase one-day polling for the assembly election on May 12, Shah claimed that his party was confident of winning and forming the next government in the state under B.S. Yeddyurappa's leadership. "The Code of Conduct kicked in with yesterday's announcement and this violates the rules", said Radhakrishnan, a Congress spokesperson.
The survey, carried out by a poll agency named CHS, predicted 77-81 seats for Congress, 73-76 seats for BJP and 64-66 seats for the JD (S).
One officer, who is part of the election machinery, said: "In addition, he is non-controversial, known for fair play and a gentleman".