With Delhi assembly elections unlikely to take place with Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir in November-December, the polls in the national capital can be expected sometime in January or early February.
The EC sources ruled out the possibility of holding elections for 70-member Delhi elections with that of Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir.
“I don’t think that can happen,” an EC functionary said, adding that it needs to do some ground work before announcing elections in a state. “We don’t have enough time to do the background work for holding Delhi polls with the two states.”
The polls in the two states are being held in five-phases and counting of votes will take place on December 23.
Time is a constraint because the Supreme Court’s had prescribed a mechanism, according to which, the gap between announcement of polls and vote should be about 40 days.
And before making the announcement the Election Commission has to give time to the Chief Electoral Officer to update electoral rolls, notify returning officers and prepare election management plan. “We also have to give some time to the political parties to prepare for polls and consult them,” an EC official explained.
Once the EC receives the notification from the government on dissolution of the Delhi assembly, it will formally start the consultation process for conducting polls with the government bodies and the political parties, the commission sources said. The notification will be issued by President once Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung recommends dissolution of the assembly.
The elections are expected to be held in end January or early February before the President’s rule comes to an end in the Capital. The government believes that holding the elections during that period would be conducive as the January chill in the Capital will ease out.
The timely may help the BJP as prices of vegetables will also moderate with onset of the new season. The party is also expected to make some big bang announcements for the Capital including Renuka Dam for supplying drinking to Delhi and improve functioning of the municipal corporations where the BJP is in power.