Election dates have been announced for 5 states stretching from 27 March to 29 April. While elections will be held in a single stage in southern states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and UT of Puducherry. While the state of West Bengal will go to polls in eight phases, Assam will see three-phase voting.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has questioned the Election Commission‘s decision to conduct the West Bengal Assembly Election in eight phases. She also questioned the election schedule in districts in two or three parts. She has alleged that the ECI is doing on the requisition of the ruling BJP.
“The elections will be held in three phases in South 24 Parganas just because we are strong in that district. Just imagine! Have these been done on the instructions of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah to facilitate their visits to different constituencies? They will finish off the elections in Assam and Tamil Nadu, and then play their game here for 23 days. In this game, we will defeat you completely,” Mamata Banerjee said.
The opposition parties in West Bengal welcomed the eight-phase elections in the state announced by the Election Commission on Friday with the BJP saying that it was hopeful about the polls being free and fair.