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"The elections for the panchayat bodies would be held on June 25. We have also decided to reduce the canvassing period from 15 days to 10 days," Parrikar told reporters here yesterday.
The five-year tenure of all the panchayat bodies in the coastal state ends on May 20.
The government also conducted some bureaucratic reshuffles recently due to which it was not possible to hold the elections next month, Parrikar said.
"We have to hold proper polls and not just conduct it. Holding polls by May end is neither conducive nor possible," he said.