Chief Minister of Telangana, K Chandrashekhar Rao, left no room for election commission apart from holding the re-elections at the earliest.
With sudden dissolve of the 120-member Assembly, OP Rawat, Chief Election Commissioner, stated to media, “Re-elections must be held on priority or on the “first occasion” as per a 2002 Supreme Court ruling.” The 2002 ruling states that when an Assembly dissolves prematurely, re-elections to elect the new house must be held within six months.
Accepting the decision of premature dissolve by the CM, Governor E S L Narasimhan had asked KCR to remain as caretaker CM. Shortly after the decision was announced, a report on the EC’s preparedness was sent to the poll body by Telangana’s Chief Electoral Officer.
Regarding whether the poll will be held with four other states in November-December, CEC further conveys to media, “The commission will take a decision on the dates. The law has no special provisions in this regard. But after a Special Reference No. 1 was submitted to the apex court in 2002, the court ruled that whenever a house dissolves, repolling must be held on the first occasion to ensure the caretaker government doesn’t take advantage of remaining in power. We will have to take all these into consideration before deciding the dates.”