Election schedule of 5 states: 2 March to 2 May; 62-day election festival from Arabian Sea to Ganga Sagar, voting from 27 March, results of all states on 2 May
Election schedule of 5 states issued by Election Commission
Election dates in five states were announced on Friday. These states are West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Puducherry. According to the election schedule, a 62-day election festival will run from the Arabian Sea to the Ganges Sea. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said that West Bengal will have the maximum elections in 8 phases. Elections will be held in 3 phases in Assam and in single phase in the remaining three states. Voting will begin in West Bengal and Assam. The voting for the first phase in these two states will take place on March 27. Votes will be counted on May 2 in five states.
First of all, let's talk about Bengal, which is being discussed the most this time, because the Trinamool is directly facing the BJP here. The notification of the first phase in Bengal will be issued on 2 March.
Status of Parties in Bengal
The state is currently ruled by the Trinamool Congress. TMC won 211 seats in the 2016 election. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, BJP won 18 out of 42 seats. Therefore, the party has put a lot of emphasis in the assembly elections. This time the election has become TMC vs BJP. Here the alliance between the Congress, the Left and the Indian Secular Front is fixed. Furfura Sharif's Indian Secular Front has been given 30 seats.
Now let's talk about Assam, this time there will be elections in 3 phases. Like Bengal, the first phase notification will be issued on March 2 and the first phase will be voted on March 27.
Status of parties in Assam
Last time in Assam i.e. in 2016, BJP government was formed here. It had got 60 seats. The allies had got 26 seats. Congress got 26 seats and AIUDF got 13 seats.
Elections in single phase in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry
Status of parties in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry. AIADMK formed the government in Tamil Nadu by winning 134 seats in 2016. DMK had got 97 seats.
Elections are to be held in 140 seats in Kerala, the last stronghold of the Left in the country. There is a coalition government of left parties and Congress. In the 2016 assembly elections, BJP got just 1 seat here.
The Union Territory of Puducherry has 30 seats. There are 3 nominated members in the Vidhan Sabha. Till now the Congress was a coalition government, but only last week many MLAs left the Congress. This reduced the government to a minority. CM Narayanasamy had to resign. Presently President's rule is in force here.
Election Commission extended voting time by one hour this time Prior to the announcement of election dates, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said that people above 80 years of age, people with disabilities, people engaged in essential services, who will be identified by local election officials, will be able to vote by post ballot. There will be corona vaccination of all election officials. Voting time will be 1 hour more. According to Arora, there are 824 assembly seats in 5 states. This time there are 18.68 crore voters and there will be 2.7 lakh polling stations.
Polling booths increased in all states
States gave gifts before the announcement of election dates .Petrol-diesel was made cheaper in Puducherry just before the election dates were announced. The Lieutenant Governor has announced a reduction of VAT by 2% on petrol and diesel. On the other hand, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also increased the wages of daily wage workers. He wrote on social media that under the West Bengal Urban Employment Scheme, wages of daily wage workers have been increased.
The Bengal government has increased it from Rs 144 to Rs 202 for unscaled labor. The semi-skilled worker will get 303 rupees instead of 172. A new category of Skilled Labor has been created. They will get 404 rupees. A total of 56,500 workers will benefit from this