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Bihar poll schedule expected anytime soon

Last Updated: Monday, September 6, 2010 - 14:54

New Delhi: The schedule for the Assembly elections in Bihar is expected to be announced anytime.

"The possibility of the schedule being announced today or tomorrow is not ruled out," EC sources said adding that the process of finalising the exercise is on.

Bihar is the only state witnessing Assembly polls this year. The term of the 243-member Assembly will end on November 27.

This will be the first election after SY Quraishi took over as the Chief Election Commissioner.

Reports had it earlier that the Government was in favour of holding Assembly elections in the state after the Commonwealth Games, scheduled here early next month.

The election is expected to be a triangular affair with the ruling JD(U)-BJP continuing their poll alliance and Lalu Prasad`s RJD and Ram Vilas Paswan`s LJP joining hands to oust it from power. The Congress has announced it would go it alone in the state, unlike in the past when it played a second fiddle to RJD.

Overcoming the last-minute hiccups, RJD and LJP have clinched an alliance and decided to contest 168 and 75 seats respectively.


First Published: Monday, September 6, 2010 - 14:54
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