Cong slams Cen­tre for de­lay­ing Gu­jarat polls

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Even as Chief Elec­tion Com­mis­sioner AK Joti on Thurs­day clar­i­fied that elec­tions to Gu­jarat as­sem­bly will be held be­fore De­cem­ber 18, the Con­gress slammed the Modi Govern­ment for “pres­suris­ing the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion” from an­nounc­ing Gu­jarat poll sched­ule along with Hi­machal Pradesh.

Con­gress’ chief spokesman Ran­deep Singh Sur­je­w­ala al­leged that govern­ment was plan­ning to de­fer Gu­jarat as­sem­bly elec­tions. “Is EC dither­ing from im­pos­ing the model code of con­duct in Gu­jarat to help Modi go­ing to the state on Oc­to­ber 16 to an­nounce ‘lub­havne jumle’ (lu­cra­tive con­coc­tions)?” he asked.

Sur­je­w­ala fur­ther claimed that the Gu­jarat poll an­nounce­ment wasn’t made as Modiji is go­ing to ad­dress a rally on Oc­to­ber 16 in the state. “Onus lies on ECI to en­sure level play­ing field by an­nounc­ing Guj elec­tion dates & im­pos­ing Code of Con­duct im­me­di­ately (sic),” he added.

He de­manded that both Hi­machal Pradesh and Gu­jarat As­sem­bly elec­tions should be held to­gether in Novem­ber and the model code should be clamped forth­with. He said Modi and the BJP are rat­tled by the exposure of 22 years of fail­ures of the BJP govern­ment in Gu­jarat by Rahul Gandhi and Con­gress lead­ers. He added that Modi was try­ing to turn the tide by dol­ing out prom­ises dur­ing his Gu­jarat visit on Mon­day but the peo­ple are now ex­pe­ri­enced enough not to be mis­led by his “jum­las”.

The party sources said it is no se­cret that Chief Elec­tion Com­mis­sioner Achal Ku­mar Jogi, a re­tired Gu­jarat cadre IAS of­fi­cer, had worked un­der Modi when he was the CM.

CEC AK Joti an­nounc­ing Hi­machal poll sched­ule on Thurs­day

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