ASSEMBLY POLLS … Schedules for assembly polls in Assam, Bengal, TN, Puducherry, Kerala


SCHEDULE ASSEMBLY POLLS

KS Shankar /IHN-NN


NEW DELHI: The die is cast for a mini-round of elections covering 
politically potent states in the east and south, where regional parties too dominate the scene. Voting for five assemblies will begin on March 27, with West Bengal having the maximum eight phases till April 29, Assam three, while Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will have one-day polling. The counting of votes for all five polls will be done on May 2.

The Election Commission said on Friday that the Assam assembly polls will be conducted in three phases on March 27, April 1 and April 6, while polling for the Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry assembly elections will take place 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. The 
second phase of the state’s elections will be on April 1 and cover 30 constituencies, followed by the third phase on April 6 for

31 seats, fourth phase on April 10 for 44 constituencies, 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.


Polls are to 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.

After the Bihar assembly elections, held in November 2020, elections to these states will also be held amid the coronavirus pandemic. This will be the second large scale election in India in the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic.


As many as 18.68 crore voters will be eligible to cast their vote at 2.7 lakh polling stations for 824 assembly seats across the four states and one Union Territory.


The current Assam Assembly’s term ends on May 31; Tamil Nadu’s on May 4; West Bengal’s on May 31; Kerala’s on June 1, and Puducherry’s on June 8. President’s Rule has been imposed in Puducherry after the Congress government resigned earlier this week. All election officers will be vaccinated. Door-to-door campaigning will be restricted to five people because of Covid-19 regulations.


By-poll for Kanyakumari Lok Sabha constituency in Tamil Nadu and Malappuram Lok Sabha seat from Kerala will also be held on April 6.


The Election Commission will oversee massive security arrangements 
for the polls too. Adequate CRPF troops have been dispatched to all five states and UT.  ” All critical and vulnerable polling stations are identified and an adequate number of CAPFs will be deployed,” he said.


Political roadshows will be allowed with a limit of five vehicles. 
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said the nationwide vaccination drive has made the situation more conducive for conducting elections and the Health Ministry has declared everyone on poll duty as ‘frontline worker’ for the immediate vaccination purpose.


The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
(DMK), the All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the CPIM are among the major political parties prominently

entering the fray in one or the other state. Kerala is the Communists’ last surviving outpost in the country.

In Tamil Nadu, the ruling AIADMK and the BJP are allies and the opposition DMK will fight the assembly elections in an alliance with

the Congress once again. This will be the first assembly election in the state without the presence of towering figures like M Karunanidhi and J Jayalalitha, former chief ministers.

The Mamata Banerjee-led TMC and the BJP will be fighting it out in West Bengal as the ruling party looks set to retain the state with the BJP as also the CPIM-Congress combine set to put up some resistance. Chief Minister Banerjee is projecting herself as Bengal’s daughter facing odds from the Modi-Shah combine, drawing the imagery of a north-Indian assault on West Bengal’s culture and traditions.


Kerala will see the Left Democratic Front (LDF), led by the Communist 
Party of India(Marxist) or CPI(M), crossing the sword with the United Democratic Front (UDF) led by the Congress. Both the coalitions fight fit

and have held power in the southern state alternately over the last four decades. The LDF had won the 2016 Kerala assembly election with 91 out of 140 seats.

The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has an incumbent government in Assam with the party’s Sarbananda Sonowal as chief minister. In the last assembly polls in 2016, the BJP formed its maiden government in the northeastern state after defeating the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA).


The following is the election schedule for the assembly elections:


ASSAM: Election First Phase: 47 Constituencies: Issue of Notification: March 2,
Last Date of Nomination: March 9; Scrutiny of Nomination: March 10 Last date of withdrawal of candidature: March 12; Date of polls: March 27


Second Phase: 39 Constituencies; Issue of Notification: March 5, 2021; Last Date of Nomination: March 12; Scrutiny of Nominations:  March 13; Last date of withdrawal of candidature: March 17; Date of polls: April 1.


Third Phase: 40 Constituencies; Issue of Notification:  March 12; Last Date 
of Nomination:  March 19; Scrutiny: March 20: Last date of withdrawal: March 22;

Date of polls: April 6.


KERALA: One-day poll. Issue of Notification:  March 12. Last Date of 
Nomination: March 19; Scrutiny of Nomination:  March 20; Last date of withdrawal: March 22; Date of polls: April 6.


TAMIL NADU / PONDICHERRY:  Issue of Notifications: March 12; Last Date 
for nominations March 19; Scrutiny: March 20; Last date for withdrawal: March 22;

Date of Poll: April 6.

WEST BENGAL: Phase-I: 30 Assembly Constituencies; Issue of Notification: March 2; Last Date of Nomination: March 9; Scrutiny of

Nomination:  March 10; Withdrawal of Candidature:  March 12; Date of polls: March 27. Results: May 2.


Phase-II: 30 Assembly Constituencies; Issue of Notification: March 5; Last Date of Nomination: March 12; Scrutiny of Nomination:  March 15; Withdrawal: March 17; Date of polls: April 1. Results: May 2.


Phase-III: 31 Assembly Constituencies; Issue of Notification: 12 March; Last Date of Nomination: 19 March; Scrutiny of Nomination: 20 March; Withdrawal of Candidature: 22 March; Date of polls: April 6; Counting May 2.


Phase-IV: 44 Assembly Constituencies; Issue of Notification: 16th March; Last Date of Nomination: 23rd March; Scrutiny of Nomination: 24th March; Withdrawal of Candidature: 26ht March; Date of polls: 10th April; Counting May 2.

Phase-V: 45 Assembly Constituencies; Issue of Notification: 23rd March; Last Date of Nomination: 30th March; Scrutiny of Nomination: 31st March; Withdrawal of Candidature: 3rd April; Date of polls: 17th April; Counting May 2.


Phase-VI: 43 Assembly Constituencies; Issue of Notification: 26th March; Last Date of Nomination: 3rd April; Scrutiny of Nomination: 5th April; Withdrawal of Candidature: 7th April; Date of polls: 22nd April.


Phase-VII: 36 Assembly Constituencies; Issue of Notification: 31st March; Last Date of Nomination: 7th April; Scrutiny of Nomination: 8th April; Withdrawal of Candidature: 12th April; Date of polls: 26th April; Counting: May 2.

Phase-VIII: 35 Assembly Constituencies; Issue of Notification: 31st March; Last Date of Nomination: 7th April; Scrutiny of Nomination: 18th April; Withdrawal

of Candidature: 12th April; Date of polls: 29th April; Counting May 2. –IHN-NN

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