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TOI reports:

Assembly elections in five states were announced by the Election Commission of India on Friday. Elections for Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Mizoram assemblies will be held in a phased manner.

While polls to elect the 70-member Delhi assembly will be held on December 4, polls for 200- member Rajasthan assembly will be held on December 1 while elections for 40-member Mizoram assembly are scheduled to be held on December 4.

Chhattisgarh has to elect a new 90-member state assembly for which polls will be held in two phases, November 11 and November 19, while Madhya Pradesh will vote on November 25 to elect 230-member state assembly.

Announcing the poll dates, chief election commissioner VS Sampath said all measures are in place to assure free and fair elections. Sampath added that the commission is taking adequate steps to provide ‘NOTA’ (none of the above) option to voters following the Supreme Court directive.

Counting in all states will be held on December 8.

IBN Live frames the issue:

The fight is between the Congress and the BJP in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Delhi. In the tiny state of Mizoram, the ruling Congress is facing the Mizo National Front (MNF).

The Congress is in power in Rajasthan, Delhi and Mizoram. In Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the BJP has been in power for the past 10 years. For the first time, Delhi is witnessing a high decibel triangular contest with the newly founded Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of Arvind Kejriwal in the fray as a serious contender.

LiveMint asks Modi ka jadoo chalega kya?

Having dealt himself into the game, Modi has raised the stakes for himself. Though opinion polls give the BJP the clear edge in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, the party’s prospects in Delhi and Chhattisgarh are slim. Given Modi’s very high profile campaign, only a clean sweep will silence his critics—both within and outside the BJP.

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

October 4, 2013 at 1:11 pm

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