The Election Commission of India has finally announced the polling dates for the assembly elections in Gujarat. As per the ECI, the polling in Gujarat will be held in two phases, on December 1st and 5th respectively. Moreover, the tri-cornered contest between the BJP, Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party, has increased the political temperature in Gujarat. Notably, this is for the first time that the AAP has been actively campaigning in the state.
However, the opposition parties have blamed the BJP-led central government of misusing its powers to influence the polling dates. Moreover, the Congress party as well as the AAP have questioned the delay in the announcement of polling dates in Gujarat. “The Election Commission must explain to the nation why it declared the elections for the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assemblies on separate dates when the votes for both would be counted on the same day,” said the Congress party.
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Furthermore, Dr. Raghu Sharma, the Gujarat state coordinator for the Congress, claimed that the BJP had time to host numerous rallies in Gujarat at taxpayer expense and had grossly mismanaged public resources. He added, “Want to thank the Election Commission for finally announcing Gujarat polls despite the BJP-led government’s pressure.”While the counting of votes for elections in both states will take place on the same day, the Election Commission should explain why elections were held in both states.”
Additionally, Dr. Raghu Sharma also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the collapse of the Morbi bridge, claiming that while the Congress had cancelled all political events in the wake of the tragedy, the PM “went ahead with official events.” Moreover, the delay in the announcement of the polling dates in Gujarat, has led to a political tussle between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the opposition.
The political battle in Gujarat has turned interesting with the Aam Aadmi Party contesting actively for the first time in Gujarat. Likewise, it will be interesting to see what political developments take place in the electoral state in the coming days.