It is expected that the Assembly elections in four states including Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Odisha will be held along with the Lok Sabha polls this year. The term of the governments in all four states are set to end by April-May.
While simultaneous elections – the holding of national and the state elections together has been a key project of the BJP, the opposition had pointed out several loopholes in the matter. The Election Commission said its implementation would involve changes in the constitution.
For now, there is a strong possibility that the election in the four states, as well as Jammu and Kashmir, would be held along with the national elections.
In Andhra Pradesh, this will technically be the first parliamentary election since the bifurcation of Telangana. The state has 25 parliament and 175 assembly seats.