New Delhi: The Election Commission is likely to announce dates for Assembly elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry today.
The Election Commission is expected to hold a press conference in this regard today afternoon.
As per the reports, with 234 and 294 Assembly seats, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal respectively are likely to have a three-phase polling whereas, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry can witness two-phase polling.
The forthcoming Assembly polls in five states are critical for BJP-lead NDA as a big win in these states will help it in achieving better numbers in Rajya Sabha, where the coalition is in minority.
The Assembly polls are also critical for PM Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, whose credibility had suffered a major blow after two major debacles in Delhi and Bihar Assembly polls.
The model code of conduct will come into immediate affect soon after the announcement of the poll dates.
The terms of the incumbent state Assemblies end between May 22 and June 5. The Election Commission will look to finish the poll process by mid-May, leaving enough time for government formations in the states.