- Election commission likely to announce poll dates in 5 states between Jan 10-13
- Elections are due to be held in UP, Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur
- Elections are falling at a time when third Covid wave is looming around the country
Poll dates for assembly elections 2022 in 5 states including Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa, and Manipur are likely to be announced between January 10-13, sources close to the election commission have said.
According to reports, BJP has requested the poll body to begin assembly elections from eastern Uttar Pradesh. In 2017, Uttar Pradesh assembly polls were conducted in 7 phases.
The election commission in the past few weeks had been visiting all poll-bound states to review preparedness amid concern over the third wave of Covid led by the Omicron variant.
A few days ago, an Allahabad High Court bench had urged PM Modi and the election commission to postpone polls in 5 states and also curtail crowd in election rallies as Covid cases continue to spike in the country. However, various opposition parties have urged the election commission to conduct polls on time.