The EC is most likely to announce the dates of polling in these four states by 4.30 pm, as per the reports. The assembly polls are expected to take place in two phases.

There have been suggestions that the assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra might take place simultaneously in October, while Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand may go to poll in December.

The recent fury caused by floods in the state of Jammu and Kashmir is most likely to have an effect on the election schedule in the state.

Since the EC requires more number of security personnel to conduct free and fair elections in states of Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir, polling may be held here in the last phase.

These elections – first full-fledged polls after the general elections – are also being seen as a test of BJP’s performance at the Centre so far.

The BJP is still riding high on Narendra Modi wave. The saffron party would seek positive results from these elections despite getting a setback in Bihar by-polls where it was defeated by the grand alliance of Congress, Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United).

On the other hand, Congress would look to put a halt on its sagging fortunes and would be eyeing a strong comeback in these assembly elections.

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