Kolkata: The stage has been scheduled for a six-phase Assembly election in Bengal from the first week of April. It is hoped that The Election Commission of India will make a formal announcement about the assembly election 2016 of Bengal after ending the budget session of February 29.
The Election Commission has asked state chief electoral officer Sunil Gupta to appear a meeting at Nirbachan Sadan on February 12 where the poll dates will be clarify.
However, the leadership of the ruling Trinamool Congress is against the idea of early elections. “It would be difficult for the chief minister to inaugurate or announce new development projects and schemes if the poll panel announces the dates in the first week of March.
Trinamool leaders had earlier called on Election Commission officials in New Delhi to discuss possible dates for the elections.
The official also said that the commission has sought information about a range of things — from arrangements in schools and other government institutions where polling stations would be set up to the progress of the training programmes that central and state government employees who are to be deployed as poll personnel were supposed to continue.