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Gujarat Assembly election dates to be publicized at 1 pm today

The election commission announcement comes 13 days after the voting date for Himachal Pradesh was declared earlier this month.


New Delhi: Among the row over the “delay” in stating the Gujarat Assembly elections days, the Election Commission (EC) will be publicizing the schedule for a two-phase election in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state at 1 pm on this Wednesday.

Wednesday’s declaration comes 13 days after the voting date for Himachal Pradesh was stated previously this month.

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The tenure of the 182-member Gujarat Assembly gets over on 23rd January 2017.

The election commission has been under attack from opposition parties for not having proclaimed the dates for Gujarat Assembly elections laterally with Himachal Pradesh.

The opposition has been claiming that by “delaying” the declaration of the Gujarat polls, the EC was providing time to the BJP government in the state and at the Centre to avoid the necessities of the model code and offer bribes to the electorate to swing votes in favor of the saffron party.

After the EC did not proclaim the election schedule for Gujarat, the Congress party had alleged it was done to allow Narendra Modi, Prime Minister to play a “false Santa Claus” and proclaim freebies for voters before the model code of behavior kicked in.

A K Joti, Chief Election Commissioner had defended the verdict of announcing Himachal Pradesh’s poll agenda before that of Gujarat, saying that numerous factors including the flood relief work, weather and festivities were deliberated before captivating a call on election dates.

The CEC had stated while the Gujarat and Himachal polls were proclaimed together in 2012, their timetables were different. He also stated the two states had no resemblances in geography or weather outlines.

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