LIVE: EC briefing on 5 state election begins
New Delhi, Feb 26: The Election Commission is expected to announce the schedule of upcoming Assembly elections in five states at 4.30 pm on Friday.
The terms of legislative Assemblies of four states – Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and West Bengal – are coming to an end in May or June this year.
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Arora said that the commission would ensure free, fair, inducement-free and COVID-19-safe elections.
He also paid a tribute to the COVID warriors and people who did extraordinary work to help the country return to normalcy.
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said that the year 2021 brings hope and solidarity.
The Election Commission presser begins to announce dates for 5 state polls.
The Election Commission team, including Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, has reached the Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi for the press conference.
Polls will be held for 294 seats in West Bengal, 234 seats in Tamil Nadu, 140 seats in Kerala, 126 seats in Assam and 30 seats in the Union Territory of Puducherry.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palanisamy announced that gold loans against up to six sovereigns given by cooperative banks to farmers and the poor will be waived.
I am pleased to announce a HIKE in the wages of daily wage workers under WB Urban Employment Scheme:
> To ₹202 per day from ₹144 earlier for unskilled labour
> To ₹303 from ₹172 earlier for semi-skilled
> ₹404 for skilled labour (new category introduced)
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) February 26, 2021
A semi-skilled worker, who was earlier paid Rs 172 will now get Rs 303 per day. A skilled worker, a new category introduced in the new policy, will be paid Rs 404 per day.
As per the new Urban Employment Scheme, an unskilled labourer in West Bengal will now be paid Rs 202 per day instead of Rs 144.
Hour before the Election Commission releases the poll dates, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced a hike in minimum wages for daily wage labourers.
In Tamil Nadu, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, the BJP is fighting the polls in alliance with the AIADMK. The southern state has 234 seats.
The BJP has also claimed that the atmosphere in Kerala seemed to be in its favour
In West Bengal, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) looks to give fierce competition to the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, which has 294 seats.
In Puducherry, President’s Rule has been imposed and the assembly kept under suspended animation after the V Narayanasamy-led Congress government resigned earlier this week ahead of a vote of confidence.
The terms of the legislative assemblies of the four states is coming to an end in May and June.
The announcement comes a day after the commission held a meeting to finalise the election dates.
The is the second Assembly election to be conducted amid COVID-19 pandemic. The Election Commission had successfully conducted Bihar Assembly elections in November last year.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) will on Friday announce the poll schedule for West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Puducherry, where the terms of the respective legislative assemblies will end either in May or in June this year.