Raman Jha, New Delhi: The Election Commission has stepped up preparations for elections in five states. If all goes well, Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Union Territory of Puducherry may hold elections in April.
Actually, the term of the legislatures of these states is going to expire between May and June. In such a situation, there is a possibility of elections in all these places in April.
According to the reports from the sources, the Election Commission may announce the election dates for these states on February 16 or 17. According to the information, elections can be held in 7 to 8 phases in West Bengal while voting can be done in two to three phases in other four places.
In West Bengal, there is a Trinamool Congress government under Mamata Banerjee's Chief Minister. In Tamil Nadu, E. Palaniswami is ruled by the AIADMK. While in Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan is led by the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government. On the other hand, there is a BJP government headed by Sarbananda Sonwal in Assam.
There is a Congress government under the leadership of Narayanasamy in Puducherry. Significantly, there are 294 seats in West Bengal, 234 in Tamil Nadu, 140 in Kerala, 126 in Assam and 30 seats in Puducherry.
Political situation of West Bengal
In the 2016 assembly elections, Mamata Banerjee's party TMC had won 211 seats. The Congress got 44, the Left 26 and BJP managed to win 3 seats. A majority of 148 seats is required in the 294-member assembly.
Political equation of Tamil Nadu
The AIADMK government is headed by Tamil Nadu E. Palaniswami with 234 assembly seats. The AIADMK and its coalition parties won 134 seats in the 2016 assembly elections. DMK stood second with 98 seats. There are many smaller parties in the state including the Congress along with the DMK. The formation of government in Tamil Nadu requires 118 seats.
Political situation of Kerala
There are 140 assembly seats in Kerala. LDF-91 and Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) won 47 seats in the 2016 assembly elections. 71 seats are required to form a government here. The state has Pinarayi Vijayan CPI (M) -led Left Democratic Front (LDF) government.
How many seats in Assam
No party had a clear majority in Assam with 126 assembly seats in the 2016 election. The state has BJP- 61 Congress- 25, Assam Gana Parishad- 14, AIUDF- 13 Bodoland People's Front- 12 and one independent member. The BJP formed the government with the support of the Assam Gana Parishad, Bodoland People's Front and Independent MLA.
Latest situation in Puducherry
In the last election in Puducherry with 30 assembly seats, the Congress had won the most seats - 15 seats, AIADMK-4, AINRC-8, DMK-2 and others 1. The state has a coalition government led by Narayanasamy and the Congress and DMK.