The Himachal Pradesh BJP has alleged that the Chief Minister and other ministers are issuing transfer orders in back date.
The Congress on Friday accused the Modi government of "grossest interference" in the working of the Election Commission, saying the decision not to declare the dates for the Gujarat elections cuts at the root of constitutional principles and was a "shameless tactic" to save itself from a thrashing at the hustings. Usually when elections are due within a period of six months, the states are combined and a joint announcement is made.
Dhumal, 73, was the party's surprise pick for the chief minister's post in 1998 and successfully completed a five-year term, breaking a jinx attached to the BJP whose earlier two governments could last only half their terms.
They went on to say that deferring the announcement of Gujarat polls dates is not only a "blot" on the functioning of the EC but it also amounts to the violation of the Constitution.
The EC said a similar procedure for polling and counting was followed in both States in 2012, when the previous Assembly elections were held.
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The wars of words between the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over delay in Gujarat polls date escalated on Saturday after the BJP slammed the Congress for doubting the discretion of the Election Commission. "Recently, we got a letter seeking more time", he said. In the Himachal Assembly, the ruling Congress has 35 members while the strength of Opposition BJP is 28.
The terms of the present Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assemblies end two weeks apart.
He had said that besides availability of central forces and festive season, the Gujarat government had told the Commission that several relief and rehabilitation works were on in the state following the July floods. This would enhance the transparency and credibility of the election process, the CEC said. Union minister Jitender Singh said that Congress party was questioning the wisdom and prudence of the constitutional body.
Voting for Himachal Pradesh elections will be held in a single phase on November 9 and the result will be declared on December 18.
Singh has to counter the BJP's campaign against him while fighting detractors within the Congress party, like state party chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu.