Political parties have demurred the Election Commission (EC) after the announcement of Lok Sabha poll dates. After PDP's Mehbooba Mufti and NC chief Omar Abdullah censured the delay in Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections, now the Congress has joined the bandwagon and accused the Election Commission of bias.
Congress party has said that the announcement of the elections has been timely scheduled following the Prime Minister's rally follow-up. Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit sarcastically took a jibe at the EC for not being "independent from the government" and announcing the dates in favour of the Prime Minister.
He said, "First of all its good that finally the announcements have been made and the EC has also proved its independence from the government where it has coincidentally announced dates as soon as the Prime Minister's public meeting stopped."
"Normally, Prime Ministers are made to stop their public meetings, but in this case, by sheer chance, the dates were announced just the day or about 18 hours before the Prime Minister made all his government-sponsored political announcements and meetings. It just strengthens our view about the fact that the EC may or may not be fully independent," he added.
Furthermore, Mamata Banerjee's TMC has also accused the Election Commission saying that the sentiments of minorities were not taken into consideration as the poll dates coincide with the holy month of Ramadan.
Along with both the former chief minister's of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, BSP supremo Mayawati too tweeted saying that 'Denying J&K's assembly simultaneous poll with the Lok Sabha is a poor reflection and indicative of Modi government's failure of Kashmir policy'
While Mehbooba Mufti tweeted:
The General elections will be held for 543 Lok Sabha seats on nearly 10 lakh polling booths across the country which higher compared to 9 lakh in 2014, with 84 million more voters will be casting their vote this time, announced the CEC Sunil Arora.
The applicability of the Election Commission's Model Code of Conduct will commence from today, March 10, as announced by the Chief Election Commission. This is scheduled to regulate political parties and political candidates before the elections. The rules apply to issues relating speeches, polling day, booth, the content of election manifestos and a general code. This code of conduct stays in force from the date of announcement to the day of result.