Chidambaram slams PM, EC over Gujarat poll delay

EC has authorised PM to announce date of Gujarat polls ChidambaramMore

EC has authorised PM to announce date of Gujarat polls ChidambaramMore

Announcing the HP poll date, the EC had said it would hold Gujarat polls before December 18, when the result for hill state would be out, but the Congress remained suspicious.

The BJP on Friday slammed senior Congress leader P Chidambaram for his adverse remarks on Election Commission for delay in announcing the poll dates for Gujarat. The party has been alleging that the poll panel is delaying the announcement to help Modi to announce a number of sops in his home State.

Responding to queries on why the Election Commission did not announce the Gujarat dates, Mr. Joti said several factors were taken into consideration including the relief work in the areas that were hit by the July floods. "EC will be recalled from its extended holiday after Gujarat government has announced all concessions and freebies", Chidambaram tweeted.

Accusing the Congress of "rank opportunism" and "hypocrisy", he said the same EC appeared neutral to the Congress when its decision favoured its senior leader Ahmed Patel's election to the Rajya Sabha. We believe elections should happen in due time, and it will happen so. "And criticising the Election Commission is not the right thing in a democracy", Rupani said. The Congress and the BJP are in a direct contest in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Forgotten Constitution Art 324?

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He had also pointed out that imposition of the model code with immediate effect would hinder all government work. The EC had announced on October 12 that polling in Himachal Pradesh would take place on November 9, but held off announcing the Gujarat schedule.

While Rupani has himself been on a scheme-announcement spree in Gujarat, hoping to quell dissent and dissatisfaction among the electorate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi too is scheduled to address a major rally in the state on October 22 and it is expected that he will announce some sops for the country, keeping the demands of Gujarat's voters in mind.

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