New Delhi: The election commission could sound the poll bugle in election-bound states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur anytime after December 20, sources told News18 on Monday.
Sources also said the EC is likely to go for dates between second week of February and the beginning of March, before school board examinations start. The commission has sent directives to the state governments to consult them before deciding on the dates of the board and intermediate examinations.
In 2012, elections to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative assembly were held in seven phases from February 8 to March 3, and the dates were announced December 24, 2011.
The state could well see a triangular contest with an SP-Congress alliance in the works. News18.com had broken the news of a possible UP Mahagathbandhan in October.
Late last week, Chief Election Commissioner Dr Nasim Zaidi during a visit to Goa had said the dates were yet to be finalised.“We are taking a number of inputs regarding availability of security forces and other factors . We are also in consultation with the State examination boards,” Dr Zaidi was quoted as saying.