EC de­layed Guj poll dates un­der govt pres­sure: Cong ‘Modi, BJP rat­tled by Rahul’s exposure on 22-yr mis­rule’

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Con­gress on Thurs­day slammed the Modi govern­ment for pres­suris­ing the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion to de­fer the Gu­jarat As­sem­bly elec­tions in­stead of hold­ing them along with Hi­machal Pradesh in Novem­ber.

“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)?”, the party’s chief spokesman Ran­deep Singh Sur­je­w­ala said.

He de­manded that both Hi­machal Pradesh and Gu­jarat As­sem­bly elec­tions be held to­gether in Novem­ber and the model code should be clamped forth­with in the two states.

In a video footage, Sur­je­w­ala said Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and the BJP are rat­tled by the exposure of of the BJP govern­ment’s fail­ure in Gu­jarat for 22 years by Rahul Gandhi and Con­gress lead­ers and has made the peo­ple de­ter­mined to oust the saf­fron party from power.

He said Modi was try­ing to turn the tide by giv­ing prom­ises dur­ing his Gu­jarat visit on Mon­day but the peo­ple are now ex­pe­ri­enced enough not to be mis­led by his “jum­las”.

Party sources said it is no se­cret that Chief Elec­tion Com­mis­sioner Achal Ku­mar Jogi, a re­tired Gu­jarat cadre IAS of­fi­cer, is very close to Prime Min­is­ter Modi and has been cred­ited for suc­cess of his ‘Vi­brant Gu­jarat’ cam­paign.

Sur­je­w­ala said Modi was try­ing to turn the tide by giv­ing prom­ises dur­ing his Gu­jarat visit sched­uled on Mon­day.

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