In a rude shock to Telangana Rashtra Samithi president and caretaker chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, the Election Commission of India described his eagerness to push for early elections in the state as “preposterous.”Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat expressed displeasure over KCR pitching for early assembly elections in the state.
On Thursday, KCR’s cabinet resolved to dissolve the state assembly and it was accepted by Governor E S L Narasimhan.Later, KCR said he had already held talks with the Election Commission authorities and got it confirmed that the elections to the Telangana assembly would be held in November/December.”KCR’s comments on elections are preposterous and uncalled for,” Rawat said. Apparently, the EC felt that the TRS chief was trying to bulldoze the opinion of the EC.
Following a direction from the EC, chief electoral officer Rajath Kumar held a meeting with district collectors in regard to advancing polls in the state.”We have informed CEC after the governor agreed for the dissolution of assembly in the state,” he said adding that they have nationwide election schedule.
He said that the election date will be announced only after finalising the voters’ list.