The Election Fee of India (EC) has begun ballot preparation for meeting elections in April-Could subsequent yr. Whereas senior officers of the ballot physique are already in West Bengal,a staff would go to Tamil Nadu subsequent week, folks aware of the matter instructed Hindustan Instances.
Deputy election commissioner Sudip Jain is already in Kolkata and EC secretary normal Umesh Sinha and deputy election commissioner Ashish Kundra will go away for Chennai subsequent week.
They are going to assess the preparedness of the states, that are among the many 5 that may go to polls subsequent yr. The opposite states the place elections are scheduled are Kerala and Assam, and the Union Territory of Puducherry.
The officers will conduct consultations with numerous stakeholders, together with conferences with all state stage EC officers who will likely be briefing the ballot panel on the preparations. After the success in conducting the elections to the 243-member meeting in Bihar amid the Covid-19 pandemic, election commissioner Sushil Chandra had instructed Hindustan Instances that the opposite 5 ballot certain states would vote on schedule. The EC might subject related tips because it had for the Bihar elections, if want be.
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The ballot certain states are prone to see a heated battle, with BJP campaigning in full swing in Bengal. On Tuesday, a BJP delegation met chief election commissioner Sunil Arora to apprise him with the current assault on the convoy of celebration president JP Nadda. The celebration has taken on the Mamta Banerjee-led authorities, in what guarantees to be a high-pitched political contest.
In Tamil Nadu, the most recent entrant into the political fray is actor Rajinikanth, who has introduced that his celebration will contest all 234 seats. The BJP and AIADMK are but to finalise their alliance and negotiations between the Congress and DMK are additionally underway.