Chidambaram says EC has authorized NaMo to announce Guj poll date

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Chidambaram says EC has authorized NaMo to announce Guj poll date

Post by Rashmun on Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:54 am

NEW DELHI:  Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram criticised the Election Commission in sarcastic tweets on Friday morning, alleging that by delaying an announcement of elections in Gujarat, it has "authorised" Prime Minister Narendra Modi to do so once the ruling BJP has doled out "all concessions and freebies".

"EC will be recalled from its extended holiday after Gujarat Govt has announced all concessions and freebies," Mr Chidambaram tweeted, and also, "EC has authorised PM to announce date of Gujarat elections at his last rally (and kindly keep EC informed)."

The former Finance and Home Minister is the latest in a string of Congress leaders who have accused the Election Commission from deviating from standard operating procedure by announcing election dates last week only in Himachal Pradesh and not in Gujarat though their assembly terms end only two weeks apart. The commission said that elections will be held in Himachal Pradesh on November 9 and that the Gujarat dates will be announced later. It only said that elections in Gujarat will be held before December 18, when votes will be counted for Himachal Pradesh.

The Congress has alleged that the poll panel acted under pressure from the BJP-led Centre to allow the party to hand out sops in Gujarat before poll dates are announced and a model code of conduct comes into force that forbids announcements that can influence people.


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