The Opposition Congress organised demonstrations in front of collectorate offices in all 33 districts of the state on Tuesday, demanding immediate resignation of Chief Minister Anandiben Patel for postponing local body polls citing poor law and order situation in the state.
The state government had recently got the local body elections postponed saying that law and order situation was not favourable for it and voters would not be able to exercise their right to vote in a free and fair manner.
The government had also cited the state-wide unrest of the Patel community over the issue of reservation.
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The Congress leaders said that the BJP government was using law and order simply as a ploy to defer the elections, as the Patel agitation had weakened its support base among electorates. The BJP, the Congress leaders, said in the memoranda, feared defeat and hence, invented this ploy to run away from the poll. The opposition leaders in their memorandum to the district collectors said that if the state BJP government led by Anandiben Patel was feeling helpless in maintaining law and order, she had no right to remain in power.
Responding to a question, party spokespersons Manish Doshi and Nishit Vyas said that the party had given a representation to the state election commission on September 28, requesting it to hold panchayat elections on time. They said that the petition filed in the Supreme Court by an activist, pertained to faulty reorganisation of wards in municipal corporations and not seeking postponement of civic polls.
They said that the SC had also not issued any order for postponement of polls.
State Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki, in a statement , said: “Postponing panchayat elections amounted to betrayal of the faith of people. It is unethical, unconstitutional and anti-democratic.’’