The Election Commission is likely to hold Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh with Lok Sabha elections due next year, highly-placed sources in the poll panel have said.
The terms of the four assemblies will end in May and June, 2019.
Since the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly has been dissolved, the EC is bound to hold fresh polls there within six months.
The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly's six-year term was to end on March 16, 2021. The other state assemblies and the Lok Sabha have a five-year term.
Sources in the government, meanwhile, pointed out that when security forces are deployed for the Lok Sabha polls in the state, it would be convenient for election authorities to hold the assembly polls simultaneously.
"When arrangements are in place for the Lok Sabha polls and the terms of the assemblies are ending during the same period, it is but natural that all polls are held together," the functionary said.
"Hypothetically speaking, the two states have BJP governments. If a call is taken by the party to seek dissolution of the two assemblies six months before the schedule, then elections can be clubbed with that of the Lok Sabha and the four states," he said.
The terms of the two assemblies would end in November, 2019.
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