Karnataka opinion poll: India Today predicts hung Assembly, Congress single-largest party

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The chief of BJP's IT cell Amit Malviya, state Congress leader B Srivastava and two TV channels had revealed the date of Assembly polls before the EC announced it officially on 27 March.

Shah assured the people that Karnataka will see development at a rapid pace under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Centre and Yeddyurappa in the state.

Shah was speaking to reporters after paying tributes to Kittur Rani Chennamma, who had fought against the British, at her memorial.

Shah, who is in Karnataka for a two-day visit, started his day on Thursday by sitting on a protest outside the district commissioner office in Dharwad, about 450 kms from Bengaluru, against the "undemocratic and divisive politics" of the Congress party. This is his sixth round of tour of Karnataka to fight the Congress to make Karnataka Congress Mukth.

The JD (S)'s alliance with the BSP may help it win 34-43 seats and will become the deciding factor after the polls, the survey has predicted.

"From the responses, it can be safely concluded that the alleged information was first displayed on (the TV channel) which was used by all others in tweet/media (TV)", the report said, adding since the counting date did not matched with the actual date, "it can be safely concluded that the alleged leak contained different information about the schedule of election".

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The JD (S) has allied both with the BJP and the Congress with the past.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief met Deve Gowda at latter's residence in Padmanabhanagar for a luncheon meeting.

On this issue also the BJP is also facing piquant situation since its effort to convince Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is now on treatment at United States of America and Maharashtra Chief Minister Fhadnivis are not ready for talks.

The TRS supremo had last month met West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamta Banerjee in Kolkata.

He said the party was ready to take up any issue but that the Congress did not allow the Parliament to function in the recently concluded session which saw more disruptions than discussions leading to a complete washout. Rao also admitted being in talks with others to form a platform of like-minded political parties.

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