Cong unperturbed, BJP says decision on Gujarat appropriate

New Delhi, Aug 18: The Congress today said it was not unduly perturbed by the Union Cabinet's decision to refer the Gujarat election issue to the Supreme Court.

New Delhi, Aug 18: The Congress today said it was not unduly perturbed by the Union Cabinet's decision to refer the Gujarat election issue to the Supreme Court.
Party general secretary Kamal Nath, however, said the final decision about a suitable time for holding elections should be left to the Election Commission. He was confident that the apex court would also give this opinion.

The Congress leader said that his party could not go against a constitutional provision which gives the President the right to refer an issue to the Supreme Court but said the Election Commission had given ample reasons for its decision.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the Election Commission had failed to give a reasoned opinion on delay in the elections, particularly when the state government felt the time was right.

This led to a constitutional crisis and the government had no other option but to ask the President to refer the matter to the Supreme Court, he added.

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