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EC to issue assembly poll notification tomorrow

The notifications on Friday will set in motion the process for polls in MP, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Delhi.

india Updated: Nov 06, 2003 13:00 IST

The Election Commission will issue notifications on Friday setting in motion the process for assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Delhi on December 1.

The filing of nominations in the four states would start from the day of notifications by respective State Governors.

While the last date for filing nominations is November 14, the scrutiny would take place the next day. The last date for withdrawal of candidatures is November 17.

The notification for the assembly polls in Mizoram has already been issued on October 27 and the polling would be held on November 20.

A high-pitch campaign for the polls, the last major electoral battle before next year's Lok Sabha polls, is on the cards as some of the major political parties have almost finalised their lists of candidates in the four Congress-ruled states.

Congress was the first to be off the bloc when it announced most of its nominees in Madhya Pradesh.

But BJP stole a march by releasing nominees for Rajasthan, MP and Delhi and announcing that its chief ministerial candidates Uma Bharati, Vasundhara Raje and Madan Lal Khurana, all Lok Sabha MPs, would contest the assembly polls in the three states.

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani, BJP president M Venkaiah Naidu and several party leaders would be the key campaigners in the polls.

Other senior party leaders in the electioneering would join Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

While the counting of votes in Mizoram would be taken up on December 2, in other states it would be on December 4.

First Published: Nov 06, 2003 10:14 IST