Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora and other senior EC officials are visiting Chennai on Thursday (February 11) to meet with government officials for the upcoming elections in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry. Reports have suggested that the EC is mulling over the prospect of conducting the entire elections in a single phase.
Several parties which also include the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu have said that the election should be conducted in a single phase during the last week of April. Congress had said that even the duration between voting and counting day should be reduced.
Tamil Nadu: Election Commission mulls over single-phase polls, takes stock over preparations. Watch @palaksharmanews in conversation with @kitaab31 @BJP4TamilNadu @INCTamilNadu @EPSTamilNadu @arivalayam @AIADMKOfficial pic.twitter.com/Y28BMKH6ll
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Furthermore, it is also said that the date of the election caused differences between AIADMK and its ally BJP with the latter wanting the elections to take place around April 15 around which the Tamil New Year falls but the ruling party said that elections should be conducted in a single phase to reduce the strain on the state’s exchequer.
In addition, the AIADMK has launched several welfare schemes such as waiving farmers’ loans worth ₹ 12,100 crores and wants to use it to garner political; benefits in the upcoming elections.