The Election Commission of India is today expected to announce the dates for the Karnataka Assembly election.
The poll body has called a press conference at its Nirvachan Sadan headquarters in New Delhi at 11 am, when the Karnataka election dates are likely to be announced.
Going by precedence, the model code of conduct will come into effect in Karnataka the moment the Election Commission announces the dates for its Assembly election.
The Congress is currently in power in Bengaluru where Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has been in office for a full five-year term.
The term of the current 224-member legislative assembly ends on May 28 and it is expected that the Election Commission will hold the state polls in April or May.
Campaigning for the Karnataka Assembly election has already begun with the Bharatiya Janata Party looking to get yet another state under its wing. The party, in a departure from tradition, has pitched former CM BS Yeddyurappa as its chief ministerial candidate.
BJP chief Amit Shah and Congress president Rahul Gandhi both have made multiple campaign trips to the poll-bound southern state and CM Siddaramaiah too has been particularly active on Twitter, taking on BJP leaders including PM Narendra Modi.