Gujarat election dates to be announced at 1pm by Election Commission

The Commission has been under attack from opposition parties for not announcing the Gujarat dates along with Himachal Pradesh, which goes to polls on November 9.The date for the Himachal election was announced on October 12.

The delay, according to the opposition, was meant to allow the BJP government in the state and at the Centre to sidestep provisions of the model code and offer sops to the electorate to swing votes in its favour.

The elections in Gujarat will test the Bharatiya Janata Party’s popularity where it ruled for 22 years, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi having served as a three-term chief minister before 2014.

The ruling BJP is locked in a high decibel electoral contest with the Congress, which has sharpened its attacks against the economic policies of the incumbent government.

Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti had earlier defended the delay in announcing the election, saying that multiple factors including weather, flood relief work and festivities were considered in the decision.

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