Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat has made it clear that the dates for election in Telangana, following the dissolution of the state assembly on Thursday, will not be announced as per the convenience of any party. On September 6, the first Chief Minister of Telangana state, KCR, offered his resignation to the Governor, announcing that he wants early election in the state.
Members of KCR's party met with EC chief in Delhi, claiming they want the elections to take place before the end of this year. But the EC has confirmed that no such demand shall be considered.
Speaking exclusively to Republic TV, Rawat said, "Election Commission got to know about the dissolution yesterday (Thursday) evening when our CEO informed about the notification. We will not go by astrological prediction or any assertion by any political party that election will be held, announcement will be held. All those things we are not going to take into account."
He further added, "We will keep in mind honorable Supreme Court's ruling in special reference No.1 of 2002, where the SC had said that in the name of six months, election should not be delayed to give opportunity for a caretaker govt to continue ruling without being held accountable by the representative house. There was no formal notification, but some officials like Chief Secretary and ex-Chief Secretary of Telangana, they had come to Delhi."
Chief Electoral Officer of Telangana will arrive Delhi on Monday, where in he, along with the Election Commissioner of the state will meet the central commission.
The Communist Party of India (CPI) filed an official complaint to the EC against KCR and his party for announcing the poll dates, even when the commission had not put any official notification regarding the same.
Earlier on Thursday, with a view at the larger picture, ie 2019, the state assembly of Telangana was dissolved with it's first ever CM, KCR, submitting his resignation. The party President held a press conference, wherein the reason behind stepping down, as well as revealing his plans for the elections, wherein 105 candidates names were revealed at that very point.
Further, KCR launched a scathing attack at Congress party and it's president, Rahul Gandhi. He had said, "Everyone knows what Rahul Gandhi is, the biggest buffoon in the country. Whole country has seen how he went to Mr Narendra Modi and hugged him, the way he was winking. He is a property for us, the more he comes (to Telangana), the more seats we will win."