The Election Commission on Tuesday announced that polling to elect a new Karnataka Assembly will be held on May 12 while the counting of votes will take place on May 15.
The Karnataka elections are being considered as the most prestigious battles between the Congress and the BJP as it is the only major state where the Congress is in power at present and retaining it is crucial for the party morale ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The BJP is making a concerted bid to unseat the Congress.
The term of the current 224-member legislative Assembly ends on May 28.
HERE IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT KARNATAKA ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS 2018:
#Karnataka is one of the eight states where polls were scheduled this year. Elections to three northeastern states were held last month.
#The Congress returned to power in the southern state in the May 2013 Assembly election a decade after it lost power in 2004 state poll.
#The 224-member Assembly expires on May 28 in the state where the Congress is currently in power, with 122 seats against the BJP's 43.
#In the run-up to Assembly Elections in Karnataka, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and BJP's Amit Shah are addressing rallies in poll-bound state.
#Beside, the Congress and the BJP, the JD(S) led by former prime minister HD Deve Gowda is the third player in the fray.
#Congress president Rahul Gandhi is confident that the ruling party would win the Karnataka assembly poll and return to power again.
#In this year's elections, Lingayat votes will play a crucial role. Ahead of polls, Siddaramaiah-led Congress government has accepted a proposal to grant a separate religion status to the Lingayat community.
#Former Karnataka Police officer Anupama Shenoy said her newly-launched Bharatiya Janashakti Congress (BJC) will contest 15 legislative assembly seats in the upcoming state polls.