Karnataka Assembly poll dates: Times Now, Suvarna News file reply to Election Commission

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The Election Commission on Wednesday received responses from two TV news channels, a day after it set up a committee to probe the alleged leak of Karnataka Assembly election dates.
The Times Now news channel informed the electoral body that it accessed the details about the poll schedule from informed sources. “Given that the information wasn’t entirely accurate, it is obvious it wasn’t a leak,” said the letter uploaded on the Commission’s website.
Another letter by Suvarna News to the Commission said that for national news, it largely relied upon national news channels and it had taken the news after Times Now broke it. .
The Congress on Wednesday questioned the EC’s decision not to summon BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya who had tweeted partially correct poll dates before the Commission’s announcement.
Party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, “Intriguing events on ‘Date Leak’ & BJP’s role appear on @ECI_India website. 1st EC gives a clean chit to BJP National IT head by keeping him out of purview of enquiry, yet uploads another ‘Press Note’ explaining BJP’s version!”

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