The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) announced the election dates for Maharashtra and Haryana on Saturday. Following the announcement, Congress yet again resorted to attacking the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. Unleashing the attacks was senior Congress Party leader Kapil Sibal. In his statements, Sibal criticised numerous decisions of the government and the current economic status of the country.
Kapil Sibal said that the Bharatiya Janata Party's election campaign in the states of Haryana and Maharashtra will be completely selective. He said that the BJP's campaign strategy would solely revolve around its move to revoke Article 370. Sibal later asserted that the party has nothing to show when it comes to achievements in the face of rampant unemployment and economic slowdown.
"It is understandable that the BJP would talk about Article 370 during the campaign while ignoring the real problems such as unemployment, or the state of the economy today," Sibal told press.
Sibal also brought up the current economic status of India. He said that the slowdown is the biggest concern yet and stated that the decisions taken by the BJP government are poor:
"Economic slowdown is the biggest concern, and the state of the economy is the result of a series of poor decisions by the government. A common man does not have money in his pocket today," he added.
Sibal's remarks came after the announcement of election dates for the states of Maharashtra and Haryana. The two states will have single-phase election on October 21, and the counting of the votes will take place on October 24. However, this is not the first time when Kapil Sibal has attacked the government. Earlier on Saturday, Sibal also spoke about the government's decision to slash the corporate tax rate cut. Here's his tweet:
Howdy Modi— Kapil Sibal (@KapilSibal) September 21, 2019
India foregoes 1.45 lakh cr. revenue
Need Diwali for needy folk !
Extra money in corporate hands will not boost demand . Need extra money in hands of rural India to spur consumption.
The rich will benefit
The poor left to fend for themselves
Howdy Economy— Kapil Sibal (@KapilSibal) September 19, 2019
Direct Taxes growth :
Budget Target (2019-2020) : 17.3%
Half-year collections 5%
Need to grow 27% to meet target for year
Advance tax growth this fiscal slowest in 4 years
Credit Suisse : FMCG stares at worst slump in 15 years
The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora on Saturday, has announced the election dates for Maharashtra and Haryana in October, at a press conference. The elections will be conducted in a single phase on 21 October 2019. Maharashtra's 288-seat legislative assembly will expire on November 9 and Haryana's 90-seat legislative assembly will expire on 2 November. The counting has been scheduled for October 24, however all processes will be completed by October 27. Informing about the registered voters, the CEC said that Haryana has over 1.82 crore registered voters while Maharashtra's voter base has over 8.94 crore registered voters.
In Maharashtra, the BJP hold over 122 seats, while its state ally Shiv Sena has over 63 seats. The Opposition held by UPA has 42 seats. Meanwhile , in Haryana the BJP has a single-party majority of 47 seats in the 90 seat Legislative Assembly. The opposition comprising of Congress, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Independent members hold 27 seats.
(With ANI Inputs)