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Gujarat polls: BJP slams Congress for doubting EC

16 October, 2017, 02:03 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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The long-awaited poll bugle blared on Thursday with the Election Commission announcing November 9 as election day in Himachal Pradesh but withholding the dates for the Gujarat elections.

The Congress on Friday accused the Modi government of "grossest interference" in the working of the Election Commission, saying the decision not to declare the dates for the Gujarat elections cuts at the root of constitutional principles and was a "shameless tactic" to save itself from a thrashing at the hustings.

Usually when elections are due within a period of six months, these states are combined and a joint announcement is made, it said.

Singhvi said that within 10 minutes of the poll panel's presser, the BJP government in Gujarat announced sops worth hundreds of crores. He further said that EC's delay was a fundamental assault on a level playing field.

"This is being done to ensure that the voting pattern of one state does not affect the other state. polling in Gujarat will be held before December 18 (when HP results are announced)", Joti had told a press conference.

"Responding to statement to the opposition charges, Sudhanshu Trivedi, BJP spokesperson stated that Congress' statements on Gujarat Poll dates are unfortunate." also It would have been okay if a small political group would have said this statement. So, from October 3 to December 24 when the election process concluded, it was 83 days, which is unreasonable.

From the dates announced for the Prime Minister's visits to Gujarat this week it becomes clear that space has been left for the announcement of more sops directed at the state's electorate before the model code of conduct is clamped. In Himachal the elections were held on December 4, but in Gujarat polls were held in two phases: December 13 and 17.

The Congress leader said the "BJP had forced this change" so as to enable Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce various sops "like a false Santa Claus" in Gujarat on October 16.

He had said that besides availability of central forces and festive season, the Gujarat government had told the Commission that several relief and rehabilitation works were on in the state following the July floods.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) too defended the EC's decision.



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