Malviya's tweet based on news channel report: BJP to EC
The BJP today told the Election Commission that its IT cell chief Amit Malviya's tweet on the Karnataka Assembly election dates before the poll panel's announcement was based on a news channel's report. A party delegation led by Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi visited the commission after Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat termed the leak as "very serious" and promised "stringent action". Here's more.
Malviya had no intention to undermine the EC's authority: Naqvi
Adding that Amit Malviya should not have tweeted, Naqvi said that Malviya's tweet was based on a news channel report and he had no intention to undermine the EC's authority. Meanwhile, in a letter to the EC, Malviya said an English news channel had reported the poll date at 11:06 AM and he tweeted about it at 11:08 AM.
Malviya submitted screenshots of the news channel report, his tweet
Malviya in his letter also stated that a Karnataka Congress functionary also tweeted about the poll dates exactly at the same time. He also submitted screenshots of the news channel report, his tweet, and the Congress leader's tweet and their timings to make his case. Rawat was in the midst of his conference and had not announced the election schedule when the functionaries tweeted.