The Election Commission is likely to announce the assembly election dates for four poll-bound states including Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, today afternoon during a press conference.
The tenure of state governments of four Indian provinces – Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, is about to end soon and the Election Commission is all set to announced the poll dates for all four states today. For Mizoram, the current term of CM Lal Thanhawla ends on 5th December; Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh’s last date as CM will be 5th January; Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on 7th January 2019 and Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje’s five-year-long tenure completes on 20th January.
The Election Commission chief O P Rawat has held meeting with electoral officers of all four states to discuss the poll preparedness for all states on Friday. It is likely that the entire election exercise in all states will be wound up by December this year, and Chattisgarh election might be conducted in two phases; while the other states will hold single-phased election. However, the Model Code of Conduct will come into force immediately after the announcement of election dates today afternoon.
But the announcement of election dates for all four states would mean the concentration of electoral campaigns for the assembly elections, which are already launched by all major parties. The results of these four assembly polls will be closely watched as they are seen as the yardstick of what the outcome of Lok Sabha elections next year will be. It will be an interesting political run as the NDA government received beyond clear majority in 2014, but after almost five years of NDA rule, almost 47 percent of the citizens in the survey felt that the Narendra Modi government should not be given another chance in 2019. While on the other hand, there is no prominent Prime Ministerial face on the Opposition, neither a strong grand alliance to decide the “mood of janata” in 2019.