New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel on Monday attacked Election Commission (EC) and raised questions on it for not announcing dates of forthcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019. “Is the Election Commission waiting for the Prime Minister’s ‘official’ travel programmes to conclude before announcing dates for general elections,” Patel tweeted. Last time, the dates for Lok Sabha polls were announced in the first week of March.

He also accused the poll body of giving a long rope to the government to campaign at the cost of the state exchequer.
“Using government functions as an excuse for political rallies, flooding TV/radio and print with political ads. It is seems that EC is giving the government a long rope to campaign till the last moment using public money,” he added.

Notably, PM Modi has been addressing rallies, inaugurating several development projects in various states ahead of the announcement of poll dates.

Earlier in the day, he visited Gujarat and inaugurated the first phase of 6-km-long Ahmedabad Metro service.

Yesterday, during his visit to Congress stronghold Amethi, PM inaugurated the manufacturing unit for AK-203 rifles, an India-Russia joint venture. In addition, he also announced development projects worth nearly Rs 538 crore for Rahul Gandhi’s Lok Sabha constituency.

While addressing the rally, PM Modi in a veiled attack on Congress said, “Some people keep giving “made in..”, speeches, But Modi walks the talk. We have made “Made in Amethi” a reality. This factory should have come into being 8-9 year back. But the full potential of the initiative was never realised.”

Besides, he also shared dais with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after nine years at ‘Sankalp’ rally in Patna on Sunday. Speaking at the mega event, PM Modi cautioned public against opposition’s ‘Mahagathbandhan’ agenda, saying, “Had the Mahamilavat government been there, there wouldn’t have been any decision or development because they have a habit of developing themselves.”

Meanwhile, he will sound the poll bugle in Madhya Pradesh by addressing a rally of BJP in neighbouring Dhar district. BJP workers, mainly from tribal-dominated Dhar and Ratlam-Jhabua Lok Sabha seats, will take part in the Vijay Sankalp rally, a party functionary said Monday.