Cong slams Centre for delaying Gujarat polls
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