Elections in five states to be held in February second week

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New Delhi: According to sources said today, the five states assembly elections including Uttar Pradesh and Punjab are likely to be held between second week of February or at the beginning of March.

Sources said that the Election Commission (EC) may announce dates regarding this in the last week of December 2016.

The elections are lined up in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur in the year 2017 and these states will elect their new assemblies by next year.

There may be only four major cornered contest among the ruling Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress in Uttar Pradesh.

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On other hand in Punjab, the new entrant Aam Aadmi Party has made the contest triangular.

Sources said the EC is likely to go for dates between second week of February and the beginning of March, before school board examinations start.

Sources further added, the commission has sent directives to the state governments to consult them before deciding on the dates of the board and intermediate examinations.

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