New Delhi, Oct 12: The Congress on Thursday alleged that the BJP-led central government is pressurising the Election Commission to delay the announcement of the Gujarat assembly elections.
Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala demanded that the panel to announce the elections dates of Gujarat to provide a level-playing field and impose the Model Code of Conduct.
“Modi government appears to be putting pressure on EC to defer announcement of Gujarat election alongwith Himachal, to suit its political ends,” Surjewala said in a tweet.
“Reason is that PM is visiting Gujarat on 16th October as a false Santa Claus to announce sops and jumlas that he didn’t implement for 22 yrs. Onus lies on ECI to ensure level playing field by announcing Gujarat election dates and imposing Code of Conduct immediately,” he further asserted.
The Congress leader stated that people have already “made up their mind to oust the BJP government from Gaujarat”.
His remarks comes after the Election Commission announced dates of assembly polls in Himachal Pradesh will be held on November 9.
The election panel cited some office memoranda issued earlier to justify the delay in the announcement regarding Gujarat, saying the Election Commission had a statutory 21 days to conduct elections that can extend up to 45 days.
The term of the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Assembly ends on January 7, 2018, While the 182-member Gujarat assembly on January 22.
The poll panel said that vote will be counted on December 18 in Himachal Pradesh after completion of the electoral process in Gujarat.