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Maharashtra goes to polls on Oct 13
Punjab, HP, J&K bypoll same day
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 24
The Election Commission today announced one-day polling in Maharashtra and Arunachal Pradesh Assembly on October 13 and October 7, respectively.

Along with the Maharashtra assembly polls, byelections to 41 state Legislative assemblies, including those in Punjab, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir and four parliamentary seats, will be held on October 13.

The term of the Maharashtra Assembly was to expire on October 20, and that of Arunachal Pradesh on October 12, where the Assembly was dissolved on July 6.

“The Model Code of Conduct comes into immediate effect in Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and the whole district in which whole or a part of any parliamentary or assembly constituency going for byelection is included,” Chief Election Commissioner T.S. Krishna Murthy, announcing the poll schedule, said, adding that this would be applicable to all political parties and to the state and Union governments.

Three seats in Punjab (Ajnala, Kapurthala, Garshankar), four in Jammu and Kashmir (Batamallo, Pahalgam, Basohli, Aknoor), two in Delhi (Rajouri Garden and Baljeet Nagar) and one seat in Himachal Pradesh (Guler) are among the 41 Assembly segments where byelections will be held along with the Maharashtra poll.

He said the byelection for four parliamentary seats — Mainpuri and Akbarpur (SC reserved) in Uttar Pradesh, one seat each in Bihar (Madhepura) and Karnataka (Bidar) — would take place on October 13.

The 41 Assembly seats where bypolls will be held are: 12 in UP, four each in Gujarat and Jammu and Kashmir, three each in Nagaland, Punjab and West Bengal, two each in Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi, and one each in Assam, Goa, Himachal Pradesh and Manipur.

Observing that a special revision of electoral rolls had been completed for Maharashtra with January 1 this year as the qualifying date, Mr Krishna Murthy said there were 6.58 crore electors, an addition of 32.29 lakh.
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