PC's jibe: Modi will declare Gujarat poll dates

Elias Hubbard
October 22, 2017

Former chief election commissioners TS Krishnamurthy, SY Quraishi and Naveen Chawla have all raised questions on the poll panel's decision to not announce simultaneous polls for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh and asserted that the move not only breaches established conventions but also raises "serious questions" of possible "administrative failure" of the election commission. 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.

Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister P Chidambaram on Friday charged the Election Commission (EC) by saying it is working at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Chidambaram said the Commission will be "recalled" from its "extended holiday" after the Gujarat government had announced all "concessions and freebies".

"EC has authorised PM to announce date of Gujarat elections at his last rally (and kindly keep EC informed)".

"Chidambaramji and the Congress are scared of the upcoming (State Assembly) elections". But they are scared due to their desperation. "Political parties commenting on the EC is not apt in our Indian democracy".

"We are duty bound to point out that such allegations against the EC, which has to work by the principle Caesar's wife must be above suspicion, will malign its autonomous functioning", Stalin said in a letter to party workers on a day when Modi is in Gujarat to launch various initiatives. Forgotten Constitution Art 324?

The Election Commission, he said, needs to be complimented for not repeating the aberration in Gujarat election in 2012 when the duration of the code of conduct was an unusually and unreasonably high period of 83 days, he said.

The Election Commission was scheduled to announce the dates for Himachal and Gujarat Assembly elections on October 12, but it only announced the dates for Himachal.

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