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Modi to go by EC ruling

New Delhi, Oct. 18: Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi has said he will comply with the Election Commission’s directive to transfer all civil and police officials who have been posted for four years or more in their home district or any other district.

Modi was in the capital today to attend a conference of chief ministers to discuss the fiscal situation in their states. Later, after an hour-long one-to-one with deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani, the chief minister said the poll panel’s order was “routine”.

“All state governments are issued such directives by the Election Commission and we will implement them,” he said.

The BJP, however, took a different view and said it was not “mandatory” for a state government to act on the commission’s order. Party spokesman Sunil Shastri said the model code of conduct prescribed by the poll panel would come into force only when the election schedule was announced. “The state government will look into it.... When the model code of conduct comes into force, then the concerned state government has to abide.”

Shastri has appealed to the commission to unveil the election schedule at the earliest so that the people of Gujarat could exercise their franchise and elect a government of their choice. The situation in the state, he added, was congenial for conducting elections.

Modi, too, has called for an early election and said the BJP would sweep back to power whenever it was held.

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