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All eyes on UP as EC annouces poll dates today

The Election Commission will announce the schedule for assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur today at 4:30pm.

delhi Updated: Dec 24, 2011 13:44 IST

The Election Commission will announce the dates for assembly polls in the five states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur on Saturday.

All eyes are on UP which has a total of 403 assembly seats where Mayawati will try to save her turf and Mulayam Singh Yadav would fight tooth and nail to claim it back. Congress has entered into a poll alliance with Ajit Singh's RLD party in the state.

A meeting of Congress' Central Election Committee took place on Friday night to finalise seats.

The poll body on Friday had held discussions with union home secretary RK Singh on the availability of para-military forces for the assembly polls in the five states.

Around 80,000 paramilitary personnel, apart from state policemen, are expected to be deployed during the polls.

The home ministry conveyed to the Election Commission that it was ready to provide 700 to 800 companies (70,000-80,000 personnel) of paramilitary forces for deployment in the five states. Watch video

Sources said polling in politically-sensitive Uttar Pradesh is expected to be multi-phased while it will be in one phase in the other four states.

The highest number of paramilitary personnel is expected to be deployed in Uttar Pradesh, the country's most populous state with 403 assembly constituencies.

Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa saw relatively less violence in the past elections. However, Manipur, which has been plagued by insurgency for a long time, may need heavy deployment of forces to ensure peaceful polling.

(With agency inputs)

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First Published: Dec 24, 2011 10:37 IST