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States unhappy over Lok Sabha poll schedule
Published on 4 Mar. 2009 1:20 AM IST
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Tripura CM Manik Sarkar Tuesday assured the state Assembly that the government would take up the matter related to rescheduling the dates of Lok Sabha poll in the state, as it clashed with some secondary level examinations. Leader of the Opposition Ratan Lal Nath raised the issue in the House after Question Hour and mentioned that Election Commission of India (ECI) had announced April 23 for election to two Lok Sabha seats in the state, but the Joint Entrance Examinations were also scheduled on the same day. “Tripura Joint Entrance Examination will be held on April 22 and 23, Northeastern Regional Entrance for Science and Technology (NEREST) exam will be on April 24 and 25 and AIEEE exam will be on April 26 where more than 60 per cent secondary level students will participate,” Nath said. Meanwhile the LS polls schedule announced for Assam has given rise to discontentment among the major Opposition parties in the state as the first phase of polling on April 16 collides with the Assamese New Year celebrations. Assam would go to the polls in two phases - April 16 and 23 - as per the schedule announced by the Election Commission yesterday, with the first phase to take place within the week-long Assamese New Year celebrations or Rongali Bihu, which starts from April 14. “The AGP president and working president are already in New Delhi and they will take up the matter with the Election Commission (EC),” Apurba Bhattacharyya leader AGP, the main Opposition party in the state said here. Both the Opposition parties, which would be jointly fighting the elections on a seat-sharing arrangement, pointed out that the EC had tactfully announced first phase polling for three constituencies in the state where Bihu festivities were comparatively subdued. They, however, added that the polling process would involve people from other parts of the state also and festive spirit would be overshadowed by the elections.

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