New Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday slammed Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal over his accusation that election officials in the state were creating confusion through excessive interference in governance matters saying it's a classic case of ‘pot calling the kettle black’.

Accusing the SAD-BJP government with ‘transgressing all laws and Constitutional norms’, party spokesperson Manish Tewari said, "It's a classic case of pot calling the kettle black."

He alleged that one particular family (Badal's) has hijacked the political system of the state and hence it is not appropriate for the chief minister to go ‘lecturing’ the Election Commission on how it should function.

A day after being charged by the Punjab government with creating confusion about administrative control in poll-bound Punjab, the state election office on Monday hit back saying its officials were only performing their duty within the laid down EC.

Badal had accused election officials in Punjab of creating confusion about administrative control through excessive interference in governance matters in the name of enforcing the model code of conduct.

He had also asked them to act within parameters of the Constitution in ensuring adherence to the Model Code of Conduct, which came into effect on December 24, the day EC announced January 30 as the day for Punjab assembly polls.

(Agencies)