New Delhi: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday exuded confidence that BJP will win Chhattisgarh, MP, and Rajasthan assembly elections very convincingly. His remark came after the election commission announced the schedule for Assembly elections in five states. Talking to news agency ANI, he said, “BJP will contest elections in a very conclusive and decisive manner. We shall repeat our victory in Chhattisgarh, MP, and Rajasthan very convincingly.” Also Read - BJP Tweets Old Video of Mamata Banerjee Reciting Islamic Prayer, Slams Bengal CM For Her Netaji Event Reaction

He also said that people will give their blessings to us. “We are very sure about it and we’ll also do very well in Telangana & Mizoram,” Prasad added. Also Read - Centre Committed to Fulfil Clauses of Bodo Accord; Only BJP Can Make Assam Free From Bullets, Agitation And Floods: Amit Shah

Voting will be held in a single phase in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram and Rajasthan and Telangana on November 28 and December 7 respectively while Chhattisgarh will have a two-phased election on November 12 and 20.

The BJP has been in power in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh. In Rajasthan, the party has 160 seats in the 200-member House while in Madhya Pradesh, it won 166 seats in the House. The BJP won the

Chhattisgarh polls in 2013, securing 49 seats in the 91-member House while the Congress came a close second with 39 seats. The BJP is in power in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for three consecutive terms while in Rajasthan power alternates between the two parties every election.

The Model Code of Conduct comes into force with immediate effect in four states while in Telangana it was in force from the date of dissolution of the Assembly last month.

Notification for the first phase will be issued on October 16 and the last date for nominations would be October 23. Scrutiny will take place the next day and the last date for the withdrawal of the nominations will be October 26. The notification for the elections in the rest of the 72 constituencies in the second phase would be issued on October 26, while the last day for nominations would be November 2. Scrutiny will be done on November 3 and the last date for the withdrawal of the nominations will be November 5. The tenure of the Chhattisgarh Assembly comes to an end on January 5, 2019.
In Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram, the notification will be issued on November 2 while the last date for nominations would be November 9. Scrutiny will be done on November 12 and the last date of withdrawal will be November 14.

While the term of the Assembly in Madhya Pradesh expires on January 7, the tenure 40-member Assembly in Mizoram expires on December 15. In Rajasthan and Telangana, which will go to the polls in a single phase on December 7, the notification will be issued on November 12 and the last date for filing nominations will be November 19. Scrutiny will take place on November 20 while the last date for withdrawal of nominations will be November 22. The term of the Rajasthan Assembly expires on January 20, 2019.

(With agency inputs)