EC delays press meet, Congress sees BJP hand

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission’s determination to defer by way of two and a part hours a press convention to announce the elections to 5 states sparked an argument on Saturday.

The extend triggered Congress to accuse the election watchdog of adjusting plans on the closing minute to house PM Narendra Modi’s rally in poll-bound Rajasthan.

The postponement led Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala to take to Twitter and recall the delinking of Gujarat poll announcement from Himachal’s closing 12 months “to permit Modi to make a slew of announcements” and tweeting of Karnataka poll dates by way of the BJP IT mobile head even sooner than the commission’s announcement this 12 months, and ask if the BJP was “super EC”.

The EC, however, disregarded it announcing “politicians and political parties are political creatures and they have to look politics in the whole thing”.

“We haven't any feedback to make on that,” CEC OP Rawat stated on the press convention delayed to 3pm from 12.30pm.

When contacted, former CEC S Y Quraishi stated any aspersion cast at the EC was “unlucky”. A senior EC functionary, speaking on situation of anonymity, stated the Congress’s try to link the postponement of announcement to the PM’s rally was “absurd” as the commission was aware of the rally because of media experiences, smartly sooner than it made up our minds at the 12.30pm press convention.

As in keeping with the timeline disclosed to TOI, the EC had, on reviewing the progress on updation of Telangana electoral rolls with technical professionals and the state chief electoral officer on Friday, assessed that rolls would finally be published on October eight. However, by way of 10.45am on Saturday, it turned into transparent that the Telangana rolls e-newsletter would need to be delayed by way of four days. “The new date of ultimate e-newsletter had to be discussed within the press observe in terms of the time table.

Apart from the extend in updation, the EC has to follow the Hyderabad top court docket’s course to turn it the rolls sooner than final e-newsletter. To approve October 12 as the new date of ultimate e-newsletter, the entire commission was required to meet. The EC did imagine assembly at noon, but finally made up our minds to meet at 2.30pm, adopted by way of the announcement of polls at 3pm,” stated an EC functionary.

Also, at 10.38am, a decision was won by way of the CEC from the Tamil Nadu chief secretary to put two bypolls within the state on dangle within the wake of a cyclone warning and a pending petition within the top court docket challenging the closing election of the winner, now dead, in some of the constituencies. “The chief secretary mentioned that if the bypoll was announced, the district management would get busy with the polls and no longer give due consideration to cyclone preparedness.

It was also suggested that the EC look forward to the October 23 listening to at the election petition in terms of a bypoll-bound constituency. The EC on its phase requested the manager secretary to send a proper letter, which was won handiest at 1pm, enabling us to strike out the two TN constituencies from the list of bypolls discussed within the press observe,” stated an EC legit.
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