New Delhi, Oct 5: Reacting to reports that the Narendra Modi government might plan for early elections, the congress on Thursday said it was prepared to face the Lok Sabha polls any time.
Addressing media regarding this, Congress Spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala stated the Election Commission must have been sounded out by the government on the matter but the Congress had no information about it.
“The Election Commission has a constitutional obligation to conduct free and fair elections and be ready to conduct elections on an appropriate notice from the government. So the EC must have been sounded out by the current Bharatiya Janata Party-led government that they were going to advance parliamentary elections. The Congress has no such knowledge,” he said.
“However, we are ready to face elections any time, Surjewala added.
Hitting out at Centre, Congress leader said people are “fed up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s jumlas ” and the way his government is leading the country by “decimating jobs, businesses as also trade and agriculture”.
“So, I think the people will give a befitting reply, just like they did in 2004 during the ‘India Shinning’ campaign to the (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee government if elections are advanced. People are waiting for General Elections to take place so that they can actually ask Modi-ji as to where the ‘acchhe din’ (good days) promised by him are”, Surjewala further asserted.
On Wednesday, Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat said the Election Commission will be ready by September 2018 to conduct simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies.