The Chief Election Commissioner, OP Rawat today announced the dates for the Assembly Elections in states such as Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Mizoram and Telangana. Apparently, with this announcement of poll dates, the Model Code of Conduct has come into force with immediate effect.
As per Rawat, the election in Chhattisgarh will be conducted in two phases. The first stage will be held in 18 Assembly Constituencies on November 12, while the second stage of election will be held in 72 Constituencies on November 20. Legislative elections in MP and Mizoram will be conducted on November 28. Eventually, Rajasthan and Telangana are also going to the hustings on December 7 in a single phase. According to the EC, the counting of votes will be on December 11. As Mizoram’s 50 member house comes to an end on December 15, the 90 member Chhattisgarh Assembly ends on January 5, 2019, whereas the tenure of the 230 member MP Assembly comes to an end on January 7, 2019, the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly expires on January 20, next year. As a pre-emptive measure, the Telangana Government, led by the TRS Chief Minister, K Chandrasekhar Rao had dissolved the house recently, apparently to avoid a possible clubbing of Assembly hustings with the Lok Sabha polls.