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No problem in holding early polls: CEC

December 30, 2003 20:17 IST

The Election Commission on Tuesday said there should not be any problem in holding Lok Sabha elections in April/May.

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"Early elections are possible. Technically it should be possible," Chief Election Commissioner J M Lyngdoh told NDTV 24x7.

Asked whether he expected any problem in holding early elections, the CEC said: "In my opinion, no." But, he said, it is for his colleagues to decide as he will retire in February.

The clearest indication yet of the National Democratic Alliance government's intention to hold early polls came on Tuesday when Deputy Prime Minister Lal Kishenchand Advani said the Bharatiya Janata Party favours such a move.

Speaking to reporters after meeting Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray in Mumbai, Advani said the BJP's recent successes in assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, coupled with the feeling of economic well-being prevailing in the country, have created an atmosphere conducive for the NDA to return to power at the Centre.


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Lyngdoh seems to be learning fast, thank God, before his retirement. What happened to all that electoral list upgradation etc.,? Or is it old habits ...

Posted by J.N. Kini

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The ruling govt needs early polls....its alliance need early polls...election commission has no techincal problems....did any one ask what the people want....we need jobs, good ...

Posted by vijay malagimani


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