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The Election Commission came under fire on Tuesday after the Congress accused it of pushing back its press conference — at which it is expected to announce the election dates — so as to not interfere with a rally to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ajmer, Rajasthan today.
The Election Commission is expected to announce the poll schedules for Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram today.
All four states are expected to go to the polls this year.
PTI quoted sources as saying the elections in the four states are expected to be wrapped up by December.
The sources added that while Chhattisgarh is expected to go to the polls over two phases, the other states will go to the polls in one single phase.
The commission has called a press conference for Saturday afternoon, at which it will make the announcements.
The commission may also announce the poll schedule for Telangana at the conference.
The Election Commission however came under fire on Tuesday after the Congress accused it of pushing back its press conference so as to not interfere with a rally to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ajmer, Rajasthan today.
The Congress's Randeep Singh Surjewala said the EC had called its press conference for 12.30 pm on Saturday. But that the commission pushed the conference back to 3 pm since a 12.30 announcement would have interfered with Modi's rally which is scheduled for 1 pm today.
3 Facts- Draw your own conclusions.— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) October 6, 2018
1. ECI announces a PC at 12.30 today to announce elction dates to the 5 states.
2. PM Modi is addressing a rally in Ajmer, Rajasthan at 1 PM today.
3. ECI suddenly changes the time of announcement and PC to 3 PM.
Independence of ECI?
Parties are not allowed to make poll promises after election dates have been announced by the Election Commission.
I am Prime Minister for the nation, but a worker for the BJP. So wherever I am invited, even if at a booth level meeting, I will be present: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ajmer's Pushkar. #Rajasthan pic.twitter.com/HqCf7oTLWg— ANI (@ANI) October 6, 2018
"I am prime minister for the nation, but a worker for the BJP. So wherever I am invited, even if at a booth level meeting, I will be present," Modi said later at his rally in Ajmer.
(With inputs from PTI)