Hyderabad: Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat on Friday rejected the claims made by sources that Telangana Assembly Elections may not be held along with four other states and said that the Election Commission of India (ECI) will assess the possibility of holding the polls along with Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram. His statement came a day after the K Chandrasekhar Rao-led Cabinet recommended dissolution of the state assembly months before the end of its term.
“We’ll assess if Telangana elections can be held with other 4 states. Any astrological predictions (over dates) made by anyone is notwithstanding,” Rawat was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. Earlier sources had claimed that Telangana Assembly Elections might not necessarily be held along with other four states.
Adding further, he said, “At first, Election Commission will take stock of preparation from CEO (Telangana Chief Electoral Officer) and after that it will be decided when to hold the elections. Then an official audit will take place. The Commission will visit after that.”
Meanwhile, the EC is likely to hold a crucial meeting today to discuss all legal and logistical aspects to deliberate on next course of action after Telangana Cabinet decided to dissolve the Assembly for early polls. The meeting scheduled in the ECI headquarters will be headed by the top poll officials.
On Thursday, sources in the poll body had confirmed to ANI that the commission has received the report and notification from Telangana Chief Electoral Officer regarding the state on Cabinet’s decision of dissolving Assembly for early polls.
Telangana Governor ESL Narasimhan had dissolved the state assembly yesterday following the recommendation from K Chandrashekhar Rao-led cabinet. The Governor, however, asked Rao to continue as caretaker Chief Minister until the new government is formed.