Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora announced the schedule for the upcoming polls to four states (West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala) and one Union Territory (Puducherry). The first phase of Assam in election to be held on Mrach 27, Second phase on April 02 and third phase on April 06.
The terms of legislative assemblies of Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and West Ben. gal are coming to an end in May and June. 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
Assam has 126 Members of Legislative Assembly, West Bengal has 294, Tamil Nadu has 234, Kerala has 140 and Puducherry has 33 seats (30 elected and 3 nominated by Centre). CEC Sunil Arora had said that Assam assembly elections 2021 will be held keeping in mind the Rongali Bihu festival and CBSE board exams. Thus, it’s likely that Assam election process will be completed in April only. Arora had said that state festivals and examinations will be considered while announcing the dates for the polls in the five states. Despite corona vaccine making inroads across India, the election will be held adhering to strict Covid-19 guidelines.
The political parties have already been holding rallies in these states. The BJP and Congress have been campaigning in these states with senior leaders like Amit Shah, Narendra Modi, JP Nadda and Rahul Gandhi holding political rallies.