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UP elections before Mar 17 next year: CEC

india Updated: Aug 27, 2006 01:38 IST

Elections to the assemblies of Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Punjab and Manipur will be held before March 17 next year, Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswamy said today.

This was disclosed by Gopalaswamy after a high level meeting here to review arrangements for assembly polls in Uttaranchal next year.

He said the name of those youths who complete 18 years of age on January 1 next year, would be included in the voter list of the four states going for polls.
Meanwhile, the CEC’s announcement has set political mills rolling in Uttar Pradesh.

State BJP president Keshri Nath Tripathi demanded that the polls be held under President’s rule. “The Samajwadi Party will face great humiliation and defeat in the polls,” he predicted.

The BJP has already asked its district units to ensure that names of eligible voters were included in the list. “At the same time fake names should be deleted,” Tripathi said adding that irregularities have been found in the electoral rolls in many districts.

While addressing a meeting of the Samajwadi Party Legislature Party, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had recently asked party workers to take interest in the revision of electoral rolls. UPCC organisation incharge Satyadev Tripathi said the Congress had already begun its preparations for the polls. He said the elections should be held in a free and fair manner.

UPCC chief spokesman Akhilesh Pratap Singh said the people were waiting for the polls to see the ouster of the Mulayam government. A question mark, however, prevails on whether the polls would be held in a free and fair manner during Mulayam’s regime, he said.

The CEC, during his visit to Lucknow recently, had noted that there were deviations in electoral rolls. “This deviation gives sufficient enough reason to take a note in advance. This is also sufficient reason for us to get cracking,” was the observation made by him. “The first draft rolls would be published by October 6, 2006,” he had said.