expressindia web
HomeBlogsCricketAstrology ShoppingTendersClassifieds Reader Comments
Font Size
Expressindia » Story

Modi's poll vault: EC only hurdle

Express News Service & Agencies

Posted: Jul 19, 2002 at 1706 hrs IST

The Gujarat Assembly was on Friday night dissolved nine months ahead of its term following a controversial recommendation by the Narendra Modi government which resigned following an emergency meeting of the Cabinet.

Barely two hours after the Chief Minister handed over his Cabinet's resolution recommending dissolution of the Assembly, early polls and continuance of his government in caretaker capacity, Governor S.S. Bhandari issued a notification dissolving the House. He also asked Modi to continue as Chief minister till alternative arrangements are made.

The decision, attacked by the Congress and Left parties, is seen as an attempt to force the election Commission's hands to order an early poll in view of the constitutional bar on more than a six-month gap between two sessions of the house. The house met last in April.

The Election Commission, whose chief J.M. Lyngdoh, last week disapproved the talk of early elections in Gujarat saying it were a few mad people who had been saying it without authority, today declined to comment on the Gujarat Cabinet decision.

The term of the Assembly was till March 2003.

Modi said his government had decided to seek a fresh mandate from the people because certain elements had tried to create "a climate of instability" after the Godhra incident in which 58 persons were burnt alive in an attack on Sabarmati Express.

The Chief Minister said the elections will provide an opportunity to the five crore people of Gujarat to give a befitting reply to those who were out to damage "Gujarat's pride and identity".

The BJP will seek the people's mandate for building "a modern, safe and prosperous Gujarat'', he said.

Reacting to the not-so-unexpected development, the Congress said that it was ready for early polls even though it felt time was not ripe for holding elections. "Even if elections are held earlier than scheduled, we are more than willing to pick up the gauntlet," party spokesman S. Jaipal Reddy told reporters.

Congress state president Shankersinh Vaghela said the government had gone in for dissolution "in despair" after the massive turnout at the procession in which he was taken from the railway station to the state Congress office on Thursday.

He said the Congress was prepared for elections and its workers had spread out to villages. The party will seek a mandate for "a riot-free, peaceful and prosperous Gujarat", said Vaghela, who took over as Gujarat Congress president only yesterday.

Meanwhile, BJP general secretary and spokesman Arun Jaitley in New Delhi met Election Commissioners and is understood to have discussed the possibility of early polls.

Jaitley met Chief Election Commissioner J.M. Lyngdoh and the two Election Commissioners T.S. Krishnamurthy and B.B. Tandon.

However, the final decision rests with the Election Commission to give green signal for polls in the state.

A delegation of prominent citizens led by former prime minister I.K. Gujral that met the Election Commission on Friday have indicated that there was no likelihood of an early poll in Gujarat "whether or not the state Assembly is prematurely dissolved".

"Determination of the date of elections and the conduct of the polls are the prerogative of the Election Commission which appears inclined to wait until it is satisfied that the right conditions prevail," the delegation of the Forum for Fraternity and Reconciliation said in a statement after the meeting.

The delegation was informed that the state's electoral rolls would be revised before the polls, it said.

The delegation told the Commission that in view of the continuing environment of insecurity and uncertainty in the state, advancing elections would be inimical to a free and fair poll.

Post Comments
Name* Email ID*
Subject* Country*
Characters remaining
TERMS OF USE: The views, opinions and comments posted are your, and are not endorsed by this website. You shall be solely responsible for the comment posted here. The website reserves the right to delete, reject, or otherwise remove any views, opinions and comments posted or part thereof. You shall ensure that the comment is not inflammatory, abusive, derogatory, defamatory &/or obscene, or contain pornographic matter and/or does not constitute hate mail, or violate privacy of any person (s) or breach confidentiality or otherwise is illegal, immoral or contrary to public policy. Nor should it contain anything infringing copyright &/or intellectual property rights of any person(s).
I agree to the terms of use.

Latest News




Akhilesh defends IAS officer's suspension, Centre says justice will be done

Political parties object to Supreme Court order on convicted legislators

Dominant India march to 4-0

CBI gives clean chit to Raja Bhaiya in DSP murder case

2G: Supreme Court slams I-T dept, CBI for not acting on Radia tape information...

4 militants killed by Army in Kashmir

Ishrat case: Accused cops demand more documents from CBI

© The Indian Express Limited. All rights reserved
Advertise With Us | Privacy Policy | Feedback | Express Group | Site Map