Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani slams Chidambaram over EC remarks; says Congress scared of polls

Chidambaram, the former finance minister, has said that by not announcing the Gujarat poll schedule, the Election Commission (EC) has "authorised" Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare the dates at his last rally

By: PTI | Ahmedabad | Published: October 20, 2017 6:59 pm
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Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Friday hit out at Congress leader P Chidambaram for his criticism of the Election Commission and said the Opposition party is “scared” of the upcoming polls in the BJP-ruled state. Chidambaram, the former finance minister, has said that by not announcing the Gujarat poll schedule, the Election Commission (EC) has “authorised” Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare the dates at his last rally, after all “freebies” for the state have been doled out.

Speaking to reporters in Gandhinagar, Rupani said, “Chidambaramji and the Congress are scared of the upcoming (state assembly) elections. “We believe elections should happen on due time, and it will happen so. But they are scared due to their desperation. And criticising the Election Commission is not the right thing in a democracy.”

Chidambaram had tweeted, “EC will be recalled from its extended holiday after Gujarat Government has announced all concessions and freebies.” The EC had on October 12 announced that polling for the Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh will take place on November 9, but had not declared the Gujarat poll schedule. Rupani had earlier also countered Congress’ allegations that the government was putting “pressure” on the poll panel to “delay” the announcement of Gujarat poll schedule.

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  1. R
    Oct 21, 2017 at 9:32 am
    Voters everywhere are embracing economic-development which congress does not want due to its colonial-mentality.....voters therefore naturally support the dynamic, progressive and nationalist RSS-BJP-Led-NDA national mainstream consisting of BJP and its allies. Kerala and Bengal will follow Gujarat. In himachal , BJP has already got a walkover from a corrupt congress which is being thrown out as popular sentiment lies in favour of BJP's honesty and its progressive governance for a healthy society of Himachal Pradesh
    1. A
      Oct 21, 2017 at 4:00 am
      Congress would have liked the poll dates to be announced the day Himachal election dates were announced and have therefore been complaining about the same. Simply accusing the Congress of being scared of polls, shows stupidity, not bravado. Do the people of Gujarat want to be led by a stupid man from a party where there are many more like him? Talk sense Rupani, its your JOTI that is burning the re tion of the election commission to ashes, by waiting for orders from 'the great dictator'.
      1. S
        Oct 21, 2017 at 12:32 am
        modi is scared of polls in gujrat that is why elections are delayed in gujrat BECAUSE EXIT POLLS WERE SAYING HUNG ASSEMBLY and modi is giving lollipops to gujjus of new projects
        1. R
          Oct 21, 2017 at 12:16 am
          Individuals notwithstanding, Gujaratis deserve a good strong BJP Government once again in pursuit of their development process which is gaining momentum now as BJP-led-NDA gets stronger in the Centre every passing day. The same goes for all those states where the voters are using their wisdom in voting , strengthening and joining the National Mainstream of RSS-BJP-Led-NDA's Dynamic, Progressive and Nationalist Governance . Mr. Rupani is fully justified in condemning chiddu who is known for his dumb-performance and whose only purpose now is to show his colleagues and his fellow congressi-crooks that he too like all other congressis is good at causing destruction of the Nation.....that is why strong people like Rupani as representatives of Gujaratis' aspirations must be continually strengthened to wipe out congress once and for all.
          1. R
            Oct 21, 2017 at 5:22 am
            Please take some rest. You have vomited lot against Congress. It seems that all of you BJP supporters gone mad like VIKAS. Try some Patanjali churns to cool your mind, otherwise like our great PMG you will see Congress everywhere.
            1. R
              Oct 21, 2017 at 9:20 am
              development is the call of the day.....unlike the snail's pace that india moved at for 60 years when countries like china, singapore, japan, europe and the americas and even many Arab countries went forward with their economic development in leaps and bounds.....BJP is rightfully pursuing development in the same pace now, howsoever late for a nation which sufferd at the hands of the crooked-colonial-proxy congress, which was neither interested in and nor can it fathom such daring and visionary pace of progresss which voters in states like Gujarat are embracing wholeheartedly....congress is burning out of desperation rahul ga-n-d-h-i and his slaves like you can at best go mad as they too burn themselves seeing Modi's growing popularity despite so many courageous but "unpopular decisions" NDA has taken in the longterm interest of the Nation.
          2. R
            Oct 21, 2017 at 12:06 am
            "chiddu" is criticising EC....only to please his italian mistress to whom he and his son owe their part of lakhs of crores of rupees of loot of the nation ............................ .......chiddu is part of the brigade that distributed millions of bottles of third-rate liquor and blankets across towns, villages and slums all over the Nation just one day before any election freebies in those "preserved poverty and misery-infested vote-banks" of congress for decades......colonial-congress whose goons and commission-agents would then on the day of the elections "dump" these millions of non-thinking "voters" in tractor-trolleys driven to the voting booths to put their thumb-impressions on congress symbol......
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