Ahmedabad: Expecting the December 2012
assembly polls in Gujarat to be held six months prior to the
schedule, the state Congress has already started making
preparations for the elections.
The party has decided to focus on the issue of corruption
in the state as its poll-campaign agenda.
"We expect that assembly elections in Gujarat could be
held six months earlier than the schedule, so we have begun
making the preparations. This would ensure our home work is
done well in time," Chairman Gujarat Congress campaign
election committee 2012 Shankersingh Vaghela told newsmen.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi had recently approved
Vaghela`s name as the chairman of the election campaign
committee of Gujarat for the upcoming assembly polls.
"My apprehension is that assembly polls could be held
in June 2012, once the state government opts for dissolution
of assembly, like it did in 2002, after my name was declared
as Congress President for the next assembly polls," he said.
"In 2002, I was elected as the President of Congress
for the next assembly elections. There was time left for
holding the elections. But, the moment my name was declared,
they (BJP) went for dissolution of assembly," Vaghela said.
"The same mentality exists (now). In the wake of
corruption charges against them (BJP), which have been
accepted by the people, they fear that if they continue to
remain in power, the allegations will rise, therefore, for
face-saving, the cabinet can demand early polls," he said.