With the state government and Centre in a legal battle over security forces, the panchayat polls may not take place in July. The State Election Commission says it needs 1. 49 lakh security personnel for the first phase to be held on July 2 but the state has only 48,000 personnel.
“It is increasingly becoming unlikely that the polls could be held on time. We are all waiting to hear what the court decides on Monday,” said an official of the poll panel.