A BJP delegation will on Tuesday meet EC officials following a major uproar over the revelation of Karnataka Assembly poll dates by the party’s IT cell head even before the poll panel’s official announcement.
The delegation led by senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi will meet Election Commission (EC) officials here.
Opposition parties have slammed the ruling BJP government at the Centre following a tweet by the party’s head of IT cell Amit Malviya revealing the May 12 poll date for Karnataka elections.
However, Congress’s social media in-charge in Karnataka too put out a tweet about the poll date at the same time—around 15 minutes before the official announcement.
Malviya’s tweet though, had the date of counting wrong and was deleted immediately after the media highlighted it. The head of BJP’s IT cell later credited the information to a television channel.
When asked about the alleged leak of information, Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat assured “strict legal and administrative action”.
“Strict legal and administrative action will be taken on the leak of information,” Rawat said.
As the tweet had the date of counting wrong—May 18 instead of May 15– Rawat said it didn’t count as a leak.
“We won’t comment on changing date because of a leak. The decision was just taken. They were wrong about counting date so it’s wrong to say they were prepared beforehand,” he said.