Voting for five assembly elections will begin on March 27, with West Bengal having the maximum eight phases continuing till April 29. According to the Election Commission, counting of votes for the four states and one union territory will be done on May 2.
Assam assembly polls will be conducted in three phases on March 27, April 1 and April 6, while polling for Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry assembly elections will take place in a single phase on April 6.
Elections for the West Bengal assembly will be held in eight phases, up from seven last time, beginning with polling for 30 seats on March 27, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said while announcing the poll schedule.
The second phase of West Bengal's assembly elections has been scheduled for April 1 and will cover 30 constituencies, followed by the third phase on April 6 for 31 seats, the fourth phase on April 10 for 44 constituencies, the fifth phase on April 17 for 45 seats, sixth phase for 43 seats on April 22, seventh phase on April 26 for 36 seats and last and eighth phase on April 29 for 35 seats, Arora said.
Here are the dates:
- Voting for Kerala assembly elections in a single phase on April 6.
- Assam assembly polls to be conducted in three phases on March 27, April 1 and April 6
- Elections in the Union Territory of Puducherry will be held in a single phase. on April 6.
- The election for 234 seats in Tamil Nadu will be held in a single phase. Here's the schedule:
- Date of issue of gazette notification: March 12
- Last date of nomination: March 19
- Scrutiny of nomination: March 20
- Last date of withdrawal of candidature: March 22
- Dates of polling: April 6
- Date of counting: May 2
- Elections in West Bengal will be held in eight phases, CEC Sunil Arora announced. Voting will be held on– March 27, April 01, April 06, April 10, April 17, April 22, April 26 and April 29.
- 1st phase: March 27
- 2nd phase: April 1
- 3rd phase: April 6
- 4th phase: April 10
- 5th phase: April 17
- 6th phase: April 22
- 7th phase: April 26
- 8th phase: April 29
West Bengal will witness a battle between two-time Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is campaigning aggressively in the state.
There will a tough fight between BJP and Congress in Assam. The BJP under the leadership of Sarbananda Sonowal will try to retain power in the state.
In Puducherry, President’s Rule has been imposed and the assembly kept under suspended animation after the V Narayanasamy-led Congress government resigned earlier this week ahead of a vote of confidence.
In Kerala, the Left-Led front and the Congress-led opposition coalition will engage in an intense battle. Kerala has 140 Assembly seats. The ruling CPI(M)-led Left Front after keeping a winning record in the December local body polls is nurturing high hopes of creating an electoral history by becoming the first government in the state to retain power.
Meanwhile, the election in Tamil Nadu will be conducted to elect a total of 234 Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs). The DMK, here, is keen to wrest power from the ruling AIADMK, which has declared incumbent Edappadi K. Palaniswami as its chief ministerial candidate.