EC set to announce polls to Gujarat, Himachal assemblies

Gujarat Himachal Pradesh election dates to be announced today

New Delhi:The Election Commission will announce the dates for the Assembly polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh at 4 pm today.

Achal Kumar Jyoti, on Tuesday during a press conference had said that the polls in both the states will be held in Dec, however, he did not disclose the dates, nor did he say anything if Gujarat will hold a one or two-phase elections.

The term of the 182-member Gujarat assembly ends on January 22, 2018 while that of the 68-member Himachal Pradesh's Assembly ends on January 7, 2018.

A K Joti also said that voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) system will be used in over 50,000 booths in Gujarat.

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These elections of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh may mark anti-incumbency factor.

Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh election date likely to be declared by EC today.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was announced as the party's Chief Ministerial candidate by Congress President Rahul Gandhi recently.

Gujarat elections will witness something new this election season as Election Commission will introduce all women polling stations in all the assembly segments.

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According to reports says AK Joti stated on Gujarat polls that "without doubt", be held in December this year. The strength in the 182-member Gujarat House now comprises 115 BJP MLAs, 61 from the Congress, two from the NCP, and one from JD (U).

The polls are seen as a barometer of support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a time when a sputtering economy has handed the opposition Congress party a possible opening to regain political ground.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has spent this week campaigning in Gujarat too; he has called attention to the economic slowdown, the growing frustration over not enough jobs, and alleged that Mr Shah's son, Gujarat entrepreneur Jay Shah, has benefited from crony capitalism as a result of his father's influence.

The Twelfth Legislative Assembly of Himachal Pradesh held 4 November 2012 was won by the Congress Party.

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