New Delhi, Mar 27: The Election Commission has set up a panel to probe the incident of leakage of Karnataka poll dates ahead of their official announcement on Tuesday. The report would be submitted in a week’s time. Earlier in the day, BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya had tweeted the dates ahead of EC’s announcement of the same. While Malviya deleted the tweet, blaming a channel for the information, the ruling party had faced flak for the same. Also Read - SSR Death Case Update: 'Intensive Probe Being Carried Out With Advanced Forensic Equipment', Says CBI
Congress president Rahul Gandhi had taken a dig at the BJP by saying, “Now that the BJP IT cell has announced Karnataka election dates…”. His party wasn’t far behind in ridiculing the BJP for Amit Malviya’s tweet. Party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala called the BJP “Super Election Commission” for being privy to information meant to be with the EC only. Also Read - Bihar Elections 2020: We Are Confident That NDA Will Get Majority, Says Ravi Shankar Prasad
Chief Election Commissioner O.P.Rawat had assured of strict action against those found responsible for the leak. Karnataka goes to polls on May 12 and voting would be held on May 15. Karnataka has 224 Assembly constituencies. Also Read - Kunal Kamra Reacts to 1.7 Million Dislikes on YouTube Video 'Aaja Beta Carry Teko Roast Sikhaye', Says 'Carry Fans Can Join BJP IT Cell'
As the day wore on, BJP’s Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, also the Union Minister for Minority Affairs, defended Malviya and said the latter had no intention of undermining the authority of the EC. He also claimed that Malviya’s source was a TV channel and that even a Karnataka Congress leader had tweeted the same information. Naqvi also reportedly met the EC along with a BJP delegation.