Uttar Pradesh to have game-changer elections in the state while four other states will go to polls simultaneously.
Elections are to be held most likely in February-March 2017 which would commence shortly after the presentation of the Union Budget on February one.
It will be single-day polling in Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur, Uttar Pradesh is likely to have as many as seven phases, sources in the Election Commission said.
The BJP, which had swept the Lok Sabha elections more than two years ago, winning 70 of the 80 seats in UP, is seeking to make a comeback by wresting power after 15 years from the ruling SP.
The BSP is expected to give a stiff challenge to both of them. BJP had swept the Lok Sabha elections more than two years ago, winning 70 of the 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh.
The Commission is working on a schedule for the polls which should be completed by the middle of March so that new assemblies in these states could be constituted well in time.