NEW DELHI: Voting for five assembly elections will begin on March 27, with West Bengal having the maximum eight phases continuing till April 29, while counting of votes for the four states and one union territory will be done on May 2, the Election Commission said on Friday.
Assam assembly polls will be conducted in three phases on March 27, April 1 and April 6, while polling for Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry assembly elections will take place in a single phase on April 6.
Elections for the West Bengal assembly will be held in eight phases, up from seven last time, beginning with polling for 30 seats on March 27, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora said while announcing the poll schedule.
The second phase of West Bengal’s assembly elections has been scheduled on April 1 and will cover 30 constituencies, followed by the third phase on April 6 for 31 seats, the fourth phase on April 10 for 44 constituencies, the fifth phase on April 17 for 45 seats, sixth phase for 43 seats on April 22, seventh phase on April 26 for 36 seats and last and eighth phase on April 29 for 35 seats, Arora said.
Previous year results in five states, one UT
In 2016, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) had won around two-thirds of the 140 seats in Kerala defeating the incumbent United Democratic Front (UDF), led by Congress which could only win 47 seats. The BJP won one seat.
In 2016, the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) won 211 seats in West Bengal to get reelected for a second term with an enhanced majority.
In 2016, BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) won 86 seats to form the government in Assam rooting out the incumbent Congress which won only 26 seats out of 126 assembly constituencies.
In 2016 Tamil Nadu, AIADMK had won under the leadership of J Jayalalithaa to serve a second term. The DMK had won half of the seats it contested while Congress had won 16 per cent of the seats.
However, in Puducherry, President’s rule has been imposed months ahead of assembly elections after the V Narayanasamy-led Congress government resigned earlier this week.
(With inputs from PTI)