EC to hold crucial meeting on Feb 24, likely to announce poll dates for 4 states, 1 UT

February 24, 2021 | Updated 9:10 am

EC to hold crucial meeting on Feb 24, likely to announce poll dates for 4 states, 1 UT EC Headquarters in Delhi (ANI picture)

The Election Commission will hold a crucial meeting on Wednesday (February 24) and will likely finalize the schedule for upcoming assembly elections in 5 states.

The year 2021, is crucial for 54 states including Kerala, West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry (UT), who are slated to go to polls in the upcoming months. The election commission’s meeting is expected to take place at 11 AM today.

The meeting will be chaired by Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, during which the deployment of CRPF and number of sensitive booths in each state will also be discussed.

PM Narendra Modi, who was on a visit to poll-bound states Assam and West Bengal, had hinted during his rally in Hooghly, that EC will likely release the schedule before March 4. He also added that once the announcement is made, he will revisit the state to address the public, who he claims wants ‘ashol poriborton‘.

BJP is eyeing to make a government in West Bengal after its impressive win in Lok Sabha elections in 2019. The ruling Trinamool Congress won 22 seats, while BJP recorded a massive gain of 18 seats out of the 42 parliamentary seats in the state. TMC is contending for its third term in 2021.

In South, two states–Kerala and Tamil Nadu will have Assembly polls as well. The latest ABP CVoter Opinion Poll predicts that Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam has an advantage over AIADMK, and with Sasikala back in the political arena, the ruling party will likely face more challenges before the upcoming poll. Her grand welcome is one such indication that despite her imprisonment, she remains popular among the people in Tamil Nadu.

Pre-poll survey by two local channels Asianet News and 24 News predict that LDF (Left Democratic Front) government is going to return to power in Kerala. As per the Asianet Survey, the ruling LDF government led by Pinarayi Vijayan will get between 72-78 seats.