Election Commission defers polls in RR Nagar, Congress calls it unfortunate


Polling for the high-stakes Karnataka assembly elections got underway this morning under a thick security blanket.

Demanding his candidature be cancelled, the party said: "It is the sacred Constitutional responsibility of the Hon'ble Election Commission to ensure that the integrity of the Karnataka Assembly Elections is paramount and no individual or party to which he may belong, is above the process of the law".

On May 8, officers of the Election Commission raided an apartment in the Jalahalli locality and seized 9,896 Electoral Photo Identification Cards.

The EC has deployed over three lakh polling personnel spread across 58,000 booths, who will assist each and every voter to cast his or her vote.

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On day one of his campaign, Modi raked up the issue of Sonia's foreign origin at an election rally where he dared the Congress chief to speak for 15 minutes about the achievements of the Karnataka Government in any language, including his "mother's mother tongue". "I would particularly like to call upon young voters to vote and enrich this festival of democracy with their participation", PM Modi tweeted. BJP is spreading hatred among voters in Karnataka by putting promos in Chandrashekhar's channel.

#08:45 AM: HD Kumaraswamy seeks saints' blessing: JDS's HD Kumaraswamy meets Nirmalanandanatha Mahaswami of Sri Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Math in Jayanagar. He even advocated a separate flag for the State and personally ordered that the Hindi signboards on the city subways be taken down and replaced with those in Kannada. He is contesting against CM Siddaramaiah from Badami constituency. He should be disqualified from contesting elections. Kamala Bai Educational Institution to polling booths.

#08:10 AM: Rains predicted in Karnataka: The IMD has predicted light drizzles in several parts of the poll-bound state.

Due to complaints over the functioning of EVMs, voting is yet to begin at some polling stations. This booth falls under the Bommanahalli constituency in Bengaluru.

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#07:30 AM: Voting will increase in favour of BJP: Certainly there will be an increase in voting this time.

No party in Karnataka has won a second successive term in office since 1985 when the Janata Dal under Ramakrishna Hegde had retained power. People will come out in large numbers: Sadananda Gowda, BJP. Not to be left behind the BJP too is wooing votes on the basis of religion.

Karnataka, home to 60 million people and the wealthy global IT hub of Bangalore, is the last major bastion held by Congress under leader Rahul Gandhi.

In all, 222 candidates are from Congress, 222 from BJP, 201 from JD-S, 1,155 Independents and over 800 from other national, regional and fringe parties.

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