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CPI(M) questions EC over non-announcement of Guj poll schedule

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The CPI(M) today questioned the Commission's decision to not announce the poll schedule for and simultaneously.

Though elections in the hill state will be held in a single phase on November 9 and will be declared on December 18, the commission yesterday said the schedule for will be announced separately.

"It is strange that the Commission has announced the date for the assembly elections, while withholding the announcement of the date for the assembly elections," the CPI(M) politburo said in a statement here.

The Left party said, "Usually when elections are due in multiple states, within a period of six months, the EC decides to combine dates for these states, and a joint statement is announced declaring the dates. This has been the practice followed so far."

The chief commissioner has announced that the Gujarat polls "will be held before the of the Himachal Pradesh elections are declared on December 18", it said.

"This is even stranger. If the Gujarat assembly elections are to be completed before December 18, then the Model Code of Conduct must be applicable to that state as well," the CPI(M) politburo said.

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First Published: Fri, October 13 2017. 14:07 IST