Even though a Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala called the BJP the "Super Election Commission", the social media in-charge of the Karnataka Congress, Srivatsav, also tweeted the exact same information as Malviya at the exact time.
Karnataka election dates Highlights: This southern state will go to polls to elect a new assembly on May 12, 2018, and counting of votes will be taken up on May 15, 2018. Malviya later tweeted that a news channel flashed the dates and they were already public.
The counting date turned out to be wrong as the EC announced that the votes will be counted on May 15.
At a press conference in the day, CEC OP Rawat had described the leak as a "very serious" issue that merited a probe and "stringent action". He said the strictest action will be taken legally and administratively if it is found that there has been a leak of the poll dates.
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Through the State Chief Electoral Officer, the committee will seek details from "Kannada channel allegedly owned by a @BJP4india MP tweeted by Poulomi Saha regarding the source of information" on the election dates. The tweet has apparently been deleted.
Kharge said, "Amit Malviya tweeted Karnataka elections dates at 11 am".
Author and social commentator Suhel Seth said on twitter, "Did the @BJP4India IT cell actually announce the Election Dates in Karnataka even before the Election Commission did?"
The 224-member Assembly expires on May 28 in the state where the Congress is now in power, with 122 seats against the BJP's 43.
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