Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 Likely to be Held Towards End of April or First Week of May; Election Commission to Visit State Soon
Bengaluru, Mar 7: The Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 are likely to be held in the last week of April or first week of May, say reports. The Election Commission is likely to visit the state towards the end of March to evaluate the situation and announce the schedule. The Election Commission has reportedly said that the model code of conduct will be put in place immediately after the election dates are announced.
The term of the 224-member Karnataka Assembly will expire on May 28. It is being said that the Election Commission may finalise dates for polling and counting and announce them by the end of this month or first week of April.
After the Bharatiya Janata Party swept the Tripura Assembly Elections and performing well in Nagaland Assembly Elections 2018, all eyes are now on Karnataka, which is a Congress ruled state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah have accused Chief Minister Siddaramaiah of massive corruption, sounding the poll bugle in the state.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath too on Tuesday said that it was time for Karnataka to show the door to the Congress. Addressing the culmination function of the Jan Suraksha Yatra, the UP Chief Minister said, “If North East can get rid of Left forces and Congress, then I think it is time for Karnataka to do the same too.”
Siddaramaiah has, meanwhile, said that the Tripura poll results will have no impact in Karnataka. He also said the state BJP should worry about how B S Yeddyurappa, who was imprisoned in an illegal land denotification case and “presided over mining loot”, would convince voters of providing stable, corruption-free governance in case the saffron party wins the Karnataka polls.