Published On : Mon, Oct 23rd, 2017

‘PM-EC jugalbandi out in open’: Sibbal on Gujarat poll dates row

Congress leader Kapil Sibal today attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Election Commission for not announcing the Gujarat assembly poll dates and said that the ‘jugalbandi’ between the two is out in the open.

“PM , EC jugalbandi now in the open. Allow me time for jumlas, then announce election dates in Gujarat. First week December: Amit Shah ! (sic),” tweeted Sibal.

The former HRD Minister also referred to reports which quoted BJP party president Amit Shah claiming that Gujarat assembly elections will be held in the first week of December.

On Sunday, the PM had hit out at the Congress for questioning the EC over the delay in announcing the poll schedule for Gujarat.

“Some of them (Opposition) are worried why Modi is coming to Gujarat after Diwali. They can’t say anything to me, so they are targeting the Election Commission,” the PM said and asked the gathering, “You tell me, should I not come to Vadodara?”

On October 12, the EC had announced assembly poll schedule for Himachal Pradesh but did not announce the dates for Gujarat, only saying that it would go to the polls before December 18.

This has been questioned by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, senior leader P Chidambaram and some others in the Congress party.