- The Election Commission of India had a meeting in Delhi on Friday to decide on the announcement of dates for upcoming polls for the states Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura.
- The announcement could be most like made either on Saturday or Monday
- The Centre has already sanctioned to station over 100 companies of central paramilitary forces
Meanwhile, the officials reserved the announcement date as some more assessment has to be done regarding the polls. As per the sources, the announcement could be most like made either on Saturday or Monday.
There had been an expectation from several quarters in Meghalaya that the upcoming assembly poll dates would be announced on Friday, because the final electoral roll got published on January 10. It must be noted that for the 2013 Assembly polls, the announcement by EC was made on January 11, and the election was commenced on February 23 in the year 2013.
An official source said, “There has been no decision taken by the Election Commission officials to announce the date of announcement of polls even though a meeting was held in Delhi. The EC cannot declare the polls only for Meghalaya, which is currently peaceful, as they will have to assess the ground reality in Nagaland and Tripura.”
EC TO ASSES THE STATUS OF NAGALAND AND TRIPURA, MEGHALAYA STANDS PEACEFUL
If the last polls are to be compared, law and order for the present poll session in Meghalaya are quite normal whereas Nagaland and Tripura are struggling with the internal problems. Nagaland is struggling with the perennial Naga Peace Accord, for which, the Naga civil society group had sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week, and requested the prime minister to postpone the polls as the delegates want the government to first settle the militancy problem in the state. Though, Home Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday had ruled out to defer the polls in Nagaland and stated that announcement of the election date was the prerogative of the Election Commission.
On the other hand, Tripura is flawed by the political rivalry which is a bigger concern for the Election Commission of India to execute the assembly polls in the state peacefully. However, if the sources are to believed, the declaration of date is about to happen very soon as the Chief Electoral Officer Frederick Kharkongor had a plan to visit the Garo Hills to analyze the preparedness of polls in Meghalaya, was advised to be stationed.
Center has granted the Forces for the upcoming polls
The Centre has already sanctioned to station over 100 companies of central paramilitary forces, which was the demand of the Meghalaya government for conducting the polls peacefully. A Police source said that the Meghalaya Government had projected the requirement of 107 companies of additional forces to keep the elections on the check and for the purpose, the Centre has agreed to deploy the same.
(News Input from The Shillong Times)