Poll Panel To Decide, Whether Telangana Elections To Be Held By Year-End?

Poll Panel To Decide, Whether Telangana Elections To Be Held By Year-End?

Poll Panel To Decide, Whether Telangana Elections To Be Held By Year-End? 

New Delhi: Today, the Election Commission meets the Telangana Chief Minister to decide whether the state can go for early elections or not. Yesterday, K Chandrasekhar Rao declared that the state assembly would be dissolved to facilitate polls eight months before schedule.

The possibility of Telangana voting for a new assembly by December will be examined by the Election Commission. The state of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan are also scheduled to vote this year.

A senior official said that the top election body meets every Tuesday and Friday for discussions and Telangana is likely to come up in today's meeting.

The official said, "Issues like festivals, examinations and weather conditions will be discussed before arriving at a final conclusion," on the possibility of Telangana polls at the end of this year.

The term of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti of Chief Minister Rao's assembly was originally till June 2019 but they decided to have an early election. As per the reports KCR wants to avoid a clash with the national election due next year.

                                                                                           

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The Telangana Chief Minister cited "political fragility" in the state as a reason for wanting early polls, however, the sources close to KCR say he wants to ensure that the focus during the state polls is on his role and his government's achievements, rather than on PM Modi.

Yesterday, KCR called a cabinet meeting before announcing his widely-anticipated decision to dissolve the assembly and call for early polls. It was also reported that he consulted the Election Commission.

In a state, the elections must be held within six months of the assembly being dissolved. As claimed by BJP, KCR believes he has a better chance to win before the state gets caught up in the campaign for the general elections.

                                                                                     

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