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Union Minister of State Dr Jitendra Singh on Friday castigated the Congress by saying that Narendra Modi led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government accords absolute independence to the Constitutional bodies, including the Election Commission (EC).
The Congress on Thursday accused the Centre of exerting pressure on the EC to defer announcement of the Gujarat assembly polls, after the latter announced the Himachal assembly polls on November 9, but did not make an announcement for Gujarat.
When asked about the Congress' allegation, Jitendra Singh said, "What Congress and the other Opposition leaders are saying actually amounts to questioning the prudence, the wisdom, the discretion and above all the independence of a constitutional body like the Election Commission."
He alleged that the Congress' allegation shows that it used the Constitutional bodies during its rule.
"If they are still saying so and believing that the EC is under some sort of pressure from the government, I think they are speaking from their own experience, mindset of how they have been using the Constitutional bodies during their rule of over half a century," said the Union MoS in Prime Minister Office.
"The Modi government accords absolute independence to the Constitutional bodies including the Election Commission. Therefore, I think the Congress is actually betraying its own deeds in the manner it was indulging and interfering in the functioning of the EC and other constitutional bodies during its rule," said Singh.
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