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Assembly polls in two phases

Assembly polls in two phases
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Assembly Polls in Two Phases. The Election Commission is likely to announce the schedule for the upcoming Assembly elections in a day or two.

New Delhi: The Election Commission is likely to announce the schedule for the upcoming Assembly elections in a day or two.

Polling in Haryana and Maharashtra was likely to be clubbed together in October while elections in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand would be held in December, sources in the poll panel said.

Informed EC sources said the assembly elections would be held in two phases -- the first phase in Haryana and Maharashtra and the second phase in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand.

"Due to security reasons devastating floods, Jammu & Kashmir would see polling in December. Even in Jharkhand, deployment of much more forces is required," the sources said. The dates for the elections in Haryana and Maharashtra will be announced this week, while for the other two states the schedule will be announced after the first phase.

"If elections are declared in all four states in the same period, the model code of conduct will come into effect there, which may halt the development works in Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir," another source said.

Earlier, speculation was that all four states would have elections together.

The elections in these states are keenly awaited by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which got a thumping victory in the April-May Lok Sabha elections.

In all four states, the BJP intends to repeat its winning streak and the party's senior leaders have started campaigning in these states.

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