Karnataka poll schedule was not leaked: EC Committee

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi

BJP national president Amit Shah today said fearing over BJP gaining grounds and his election from his home segment Chamundeshwari becoming hard, chief minister Siddaramaiah was now scouting to contest from two segments.

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. The India Today- Karvy insights opinion polls was conducted over a month and gives a clue about the all important upcoming polls in the southern state.

He was he was visiting Kittur for the first time and the country was proud of Rani Chennamma who was first among the warriors who fought against the British before the 1857 uprising.

The committee was constituted by the Election Commission to probe how information on the Karnataka Assembly poll dates was aired by two TV news channels on March 27 even before Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat had made an announcement in the regard.

Going by the India Today-Karvy Insights opinion poll, H D Deve Gowda's JD (S) will be the kingmaker in Karnataka. Out of all the interviews, 62 per cent were conducted in rural areas, the remaining in urban centres.

Earlier on Friday, Mr. Siddaramaiah and KPCC president G. Parameshwara and other States leaders called on the former Congress president Sonia Gnadhi and sought her support.

Among Hindus 44 per cent feel Congress deserves a second chance. Only 37 per cent Lingayat and 36 per cent Brahmins believe the same. 38 percent of people have rated the performance of Siddaramaiah as very good or good while another 31 percent have rated it average.

Only less than 30 per cent feel that Siddaramaiah's performance is not up to the mark. Senior party leaders such as M. Mallikarjun Kharge, M. Veerappa Moily and K. Rahman Khan have reportedly opposed the Chief Minister's decision. According to 33 percent of those polled Siddaramaiah is best suited to be the next chief minister, while Yeddyurappa gets the support of 26 percent. The JD (S) alone had got 19.89% last time.

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