Reacting to Supreme Court’s order on Thursday, to the State Election Commission (SEC) to go ahead with conducting the municipal and zilla panchayat polls at different dates as announced earlier but declare the results of the two on the same date, state Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki said that this amounted to a tight slap on the face of SEC and state BJP government.
The apex court’s order came on a petition by two state Congress workers. SEC had on October 23 declared to conduct municipal elections and declare its results before holding of the zilla panchayat polls.
Congress leaders had alleged that SEC had taken this decision at the behest of the state BJP government considering the fact that Congress was weaker in towns and cities and declaring results of municpal polls before going to zilla panchayat elections would create an atmosphere in favour of the BJP.
Welcoming the apex court’s orders, Solanki said that this would strengthen democracy and ensure free and fair elections in the state. He alleged that SEC officials were acting like puppets of the state government, though SEC was an organisation independent of the state government.