New Delhi, Oct 13: Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Friday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of interfering in the functioning of the Election Commission after the poll panel delayed the announcement of dates for the Gujarat Assembly election slated to take place later this year. The Congress leader said that the BJP was trying to convert the Election Commission into “election omission”.
The Congress spokesperson said in a press conference that BJP’s interference cuts at the root of several constitutional principles. He said this was a direct interference in the functioning of a constitutional body. He further said that EC’s delay was a fundamental assault on a level playing field.
Meanwhile, BJP has denied the allegations that it was interfering in the functioning of the Election Commission. Union minister Jitender Singh said that Congress party was questioning the wisdom and prudence of the constitutional body. He said that the party was jittery as it knew that BJP will sweep Gujarat polls.
On Thursday, the Election Commission had declared that the elections to Himachal Pradesh Assembly will be held in a single phase on November 9. It also said that the counting will be held on November 18. However, Chief Election Commissioner AK Jyoti didn’t announce a clear date for the Gujarat Assembly Election. He said that the polls in Gujarat will be completed before December 18.