Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar, on Monday, has announced the dates of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram assembly elections during a press conference.
As per the Assembly Election 2023 schedule, elections in Chhattisgarh will be held in two phases. In the remaining four states, voting will be held on all the assembly seats on the same day. Counting of votes in all five states will take place on the same day i.e. on December 3, 2023.
Many people are calling these elections the semi-finals of the Lok Sabha general elections to be held in the year 2024. In this, the alliance of Bharatiya Janata Party led NDA and Congress India may be tested. However, Congress’s allies have announced a challenge in the elections.
BJP’s biggest leader Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Congress President Rahul Gandhi have been continuously touring these states for the last few months.
Congress Party is in government in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, whereas Bharatiya Janata Party is running the government in Madhya Pradesh. Telangana is governed by Bharat Rashtra Samithi (formerly Telangana Rashtra Samithi or TRS). Mizoram is ruled by Mizo National Front (MNF).
Three out of five states (Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh) belong to the Hindi belt. In these states, there is a direct contest between the central ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress. Although there are other parties in the election fray, the main fight is believed to be between Congress and BJP. Of these three, Congress is in power in two states and BJP is ruling in Madhya Pradesh.
First phase of voting in Chhattisgarh on November 7
Voting will be held in two phases in Chhattisgarh. While the voting in the first phase will take place on November 7, the second phase of voting will be held on November 17. There are total 90 seats in Chhattisgarh Assembly. The Congress party had won a landslide victory in the assembly elections held in 2018. Congress had won 68 seats with 43.04 percent votes. BJP had got only 15 seats. BJP got 32.92 percent votes. Bahujan Samaj Party had won two seats in the state and got 3.87 percent votes.
Voting in Madhya Pradesh on 17th November
Voting in Madhya Pradesh will be conducted on 17th November. There are total 230 seats in Madhya Pradesh Assembly. At present, there is a Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state under the leadership of Shivraj Singh Chauhan, but in the assembly elections held in the year 2018, Congress had won more seats and formed the government. Five years ago, Congress had won 114 seats and BJP had won 109 seats. However, BJP was slightly ahead in vote percentage. BJP had secured 41.02 percent votes and Congress had secured 40.89 percent votes.
Voting in Rajasthan on 23 November
Voting in Rajasthan will be held on 23 November. Currently, there is a Congress government in Rajasthan under the leadership of Ashok Gehlot. There are total 200 seats in Rajasthan. In the elections held in 2018, Congress had won 100 seats with 39.3 percent votes. BJP had got 73 seats with 38.77 percent votes while BSP had won six seats.
Voting in Telangana on 30 November
Voting in Telangana will be held on 30 November. There are total 119 seats in Telangana Assembly. In the assembly elections held five years ago, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS, now BRS) had won a big victory with 88 seats. Congress got 19 seats, TDP got 13 seats, Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM got seven seats and BJP got one seat.
Voting in Mizoram on 7 November
Voting will be conducted in the northeastern state of Mizoram on November 7. There are total 40 seats in Mizoram. In the elections held five years ago, Mizo National Front (MNF) had won a big victory with 27 seats. The performance of national parties like Congress and BJP was very poor here. MNF formed the government by winning 27 seats. Congress got four seats and BJP only one seat.