Just a day before the crucial by-poll to Gujarat assembly, the Election Commission has slapped a show cause notice to the BJP state government on violation of code.
While the campaigning was ended for the prestigious by-election to Gujarat’s Jasdan assembly constituency last evening, the EC issued notices to the state government on electricity bill exemptions announced yesterday for rural consumers. The model code of conduct is in force in the Rajkot town since the by-election was announced.
The EC notices to the state energy as well as health departments seek state government’s explanation on making the announcements when the model code of conduct was in force in Jasdan. The BJP government announced pending electricity bill waiver for all categories of rural consumers and the BPL families in urban centres in the state.
The state government simultaneously made an announcement on setting up of a branch of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences at Rajkot.
Cabinet minister Kunvarji Bavaliya, who is a turncoat from the Congress, is contesting from Jasdan, which he vacated after he quit the Congress to join the BJP recently. The veteran Congress leader from the Koli community was inducted in the Vijay Rupani Cabinet within hours of joining the BJP.
Both the parties, the BJP and the Congress, have made it a prestige election since the opposition party as well as Bavaliya have seldom lost from there. While the BJP is trying to woo the influential Koli community in Gujarat through Bavaliya, the Congress feels energized after its recent poll victories in the neighbouring Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgar