Gujarat Poll Announcement : A Lingering ControversyThe Gujarat polls have been a lingering controversy since 2002. During that time Modi was the CM of the state. I remember that the state had already seen worst communal riots after Godhra massacre. There were allegation on the state CM and the state administration that the way the situation handled was against the "Raj-dharma". The then PM reprimanded to Modi and reminded of Raj-dharma. Even though, the CM dissolved the assembly in a riot-torched but religiously polarised state for early elections to take political advantage of the situation. He was criticised at that time also. Now then CM of the state is the PM of the country. There is a controversy on the poll announcement in the state. The EC has announced election in Gujarat after the announcement of elections in Himachal Pradesh against the EC policy and convention. The reason quoted by the EC was that the Gujarat government requested to delay the announcement to enable the administration wrap up relief and rehabilitation works to help flood victims in the state.
Even though, the election announcement is the duty of the Election Commission, the central govt., is silent on the simultaneous polls of Gujarat with Himachal Pradesh. The same govt. had enough chest thumping on One Nation-One Poll in the recent past. The former Election commissioners have expressed that the EC has undermined its credibility in not announcing simultaneous elections in Gujrat and Himachal Pradesh.
Ultimately, EC has announced the dates of election in Gujarat after enough of political hyperbole and announcements from the ruling party were over. I suspects favouritism in delaying the dates of election by the EC. Please opine.