The Election Commission of India will announce the dates for meeting elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry on Friday. The election physique will maintain a press convention to announce the dates at 4.30 pm.
The 4 states and the union territory are set to go to polls in April-May this yr because the phrases of the 5 legislative assemblies come to an finish. The EC held a gathering on Wednesday to finalise the dates of the upcoming Assembly elections in these states and the union territory.
This is the primary main set of elections to be held in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic after the Bihar election. Polls will be held for 294 seats in West Bengal, 234 seats in Tamil Nadu, 140 seats in Kerala, 126 seats in Assam and 30 seats in Puducherry.
Bengal will be essentially the most high-stakes battle between chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s TMC and the BJP, which has been making inroads into the state, and has already began a high-pitched marketing campaign within the state and inducted a number of Trinamool Congress leaders to its state unit to dislodge Banerjee.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Election Commission will probably maintain elections in West Bengal in seven-eight phases. In 2016, elections have been held in six phases from April 4-May 5. The BJP can also be campaigning aggressively to retain energy in Assam, the place it gained for the primary time in 2016, beating the Congress.
The Election Commission of India can also be involved concerning the growing Covid-19 instances in Kerala. Generally, Kerala is a single-phase poll-going state. However, within the context of Covid-19 instances within the state, the EC could determine to conduct multi-phase elections.
In Tamil Nadu, the battle will be between the 2 mainstays of the state’s politics – the ruling AIADMK and the DMK – whereas Sasikala and Kamal Haasan could be the X-factor, within the first election with out the state’s iconic leaders Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi.
In Puducherry, President’s Rule has been imposed and the meeting saved below suspended animation after the V Narayanasamy-led Congress authorities resigned earlier this week forward of a vote of confidence. The Congress had solely gained within the UT within the final spherical of polls in these states in 2016 however misplaced energy after a string of resignations.