Election 2023: In a significant development, the Election Commission of India is gearing up for the upcoming assembly elections in five states. The electoral process is expected to take place in different phases and on varying dates between the second week of November and the first week of December. Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Telangana, and Chhattisgarh are all set for the democratic exercise, with a twist in the tale. While Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, and Telangana are likely to have a single-phase election, Chhattisgarh may witness a two-phase voting process. The specific dates for polling are yet to be finalized, but it is plausible that all these states might go to the polls simultaneously.
In this crucial meeting, nearly 900 election observers from these five states have gathered in Delhi. The assembly of election observers comprises general observers, expenditure observers, and security observers, ensuring a transparent and secure electoral process. The meeting is taking place at the Constitution Club of India in Delhi, with the Chief Election Commissioner, Rajiv Kumar, and both Election Commissioners present.
The Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly elections are expected to be held towards the end of this year. The announcement for these 230 seats could come as early as November 2023. In the previous election held in November 2018, the Indian National Congress emerged victorious, and Kamal Nath was sworn in as the Chief Minister. However, the political landscape underwent significant changes in March 2020 when 22 Congress MLAs resigned from the Assembly and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under the leadership of Jyotiraditya Scindia. This defection led to the fall of the Kamal Nath government and paved the way for the BJP to form the government in Madhya Pradesh, with Shivraj Singh Chouhan as the Chief Minister.
Rajasthan, too, is gearing up for its assembly elections, anticipated to be held in November 2023 or even before that. The current term of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly is set to conclude on January 14, 2024. The last assembly elections in December 2018 saw Ashok Gehlot assuming office as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan after the Congress secured a majority.
Chhattisgarh, with its 90 seats, is also heading for elections towards the end of this year. The term of the Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly expires on January 3, 2024. In the previous assembly election in November 2018, the Congress emerged victorious, and Bhupesh Baghel became the Chief Minister.
Additionally, the Mizoram Legislative Assembly is set to complete its term on December 17, 2023. The last assembly elections in November 2018 saw the Mizo National Front forming the government in the state.
With these five states gearing up for the electoral process, political pundits and citizens alike are keenly watching the developments, as the outcomes could shape the future political landscape in these regions. Stay tuned for further updates as the Election Commission finalizes the election dates and other essential details.