Himachal Pradesh assembly election on November 9, counting on December 18

PM Narendra Modi visited Bihar on Saturday first after BJP teamed up with JDU in the state

For the first time Himachal Pradesh will have 136 all women managed booths. For example, it announced the polling dates for elections to Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand on January 4. The fact that some regions, especially Lahaul-Spiti become snow bound during winter months, influenced the Commission's decision in finalising the polling schedule for Himachal Pradesh.

The term of the present government ends on January 7. But it did not announce dates for the Gujarat elections.

Earlier, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi during his "Navsarjan Yatra" in Gujarat and had launched attacks on the Narendra Modi government, accusing it of crony capitalism and their "failed" attempts to consolidate the economy of India, through demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax (GST).

The party's Central Election Committee (CEC) deliberated on the names of probables to contest elections for the 68-seat assembly, for over two hours, and a list of candidates is likely to be announced on Sunday, a party leader said.

Speaking to members of the press, Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti said measures to help differently-abled voters are already in place in both states.

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He also pointed out, that barring 2002-2003 (due to the Gujarat riots), the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh have held elections together since 1998.

Citing an office memorandum by the Ministry of Law and Justice in April 2001, he said, "The model code of conduct should not extend beyond 46 days". Similarly, the Central government can not announce policy decisions regarding Himachal Pradesh.

This means the model code of conduct is now in force in Himachal Pradesh, but this is not the case for Gujarat, since the Gujarat election dates have not been announced yet.

Singhvi also took a dig at the prime minister, asking why simultaneous elections were not declared for Himachal and Gujarat when he had been talking about holding simultaneous polls for all states across the country. So, from October 3 to December 24 when the election process concluded, it was 83 days, which is unreasonable. He also said the Gujarat BJP's tactic also indicated paucity of local leaders.

In Gujarat the fight will be between BJP and Congress, which has suddenly emerged as a real challenger. "Modi had ensured that and we are now seeing the result", he said. He has demanded the EC should explain its decision to the people of India.

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