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EC to announce Gujarat Assembly election dates shortly

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Published : Oct 25, 2017, 9:30 am IST
Updated : Oct 25, 2017, 2:01 pm IST

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

The Election Commission (EC) will be announcing the schedule for a two-phase poll in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state at 1 pm on Wednesday. (Photo: PTI | File)
 The Election Commission (EC) will be announcing the schedule for a two-phase poll in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state at 1 pm on Wednesday. (Photo: PTI | File)

New Delhi: Amid row over "delay" in declaring the Gujarat Assembly elections dates, the Election Commission (EC) will be announcing the schedule for a two-phase poll in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state at 1 pm on Wednesday.

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

The term of the 182-member Gujarat Assembly gets over on January 23, 2017.

The Commission has been under attack from opposition parties for not having announced the dates for Gujarat Assembly elections along with Himachal Pradesh.

The opposition has been alleging that by "delaying" the announcement of the Gujarat polls, the EC was giving time to the BJP government in the state and at the Centre to sidestep the provisions of the model code and offer sops to the electorate to swing votes in favour of the saffron party.

After the EC did not announce the election schedule for Gujarat, the Congress had alleged it was done to enable Prime Minister Narendra Modi to play a "false Santa Claus" and announce freebies for voters before the model code of conduct kicked in.

Chief Election Commissioner A K Joti had defended the decision of announcing Himachal Pradesh's poll schedule before that of Gujarat, saying that multiple factors including the weather, flood relief work and festivities were considered before taking a call on election dates.

The CEC had said while the Gujarat and Himachal polls were announced together in 2012, their schedules were different. He also said the two states had no similarities in geography or weather patterns.

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