Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Phase 2 polls: EC to issue gazette notificati­on today


The Election Commission of India (ECI) will issue gazette notificati­on for the second phase of elections on Thursday.

About 88 Parliament­ary Constituen­cies (PCs) in 12 states/union territorie­s along with one part PC (Outer Manipur) will go to polls in this phase scheduled to be held on April 26. Darjeeling, Raiganj and Balurghat will go for polls during the 2nd phase.

Filing of nomination­s in the second phase of general elections will start from Thursday with the last date of nomination being April 4. The date for scrutiny of nomination­s is scheduled on April 5. The last date for withdrawal of candidatur­e is April 8.

Assam, Bihar, Chhattisga­rh, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtr­a, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and part of Manipur will also have polls during phase 2. Meanwhile, the nomination filing for the first phase of elections in Bengal scheduled to be held on April 19 came to an end on Wednesday.

According to sources in the CEO (Chief Electoral Officer), Bengal till Tuesday, 10 nomination­s each have been filed for Cooch Behar (SC) and Jalpaiguri (SC) respective­ly while 8 nomination­s have been filed for Alipurduar (ST) seat. The All India Trinamool Congress filed nomination­s for both Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar till Tuesday.

The BJP has filed nomination­s for all the three seats by Tuesday. About 17 companies of Central Forces have already been deployed in Cooch Behar, 9 companies in Alipurduar and 11 in Jalpaiguri which is expected to go up further with another 27 companies slated to reach the state by the first week of April.

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