As the Election Commission is likely to announce dates for elections to the 243-member Bihar Assembly, Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai will meet the Election Commission on Tuesday to discuss, among other things, deployment of the Central Police Forces (CPF) as 16 out of 38 districts of the State have been affected by the Naxal menace.
Sources said that during Mr. Pillai's meeting with Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi and Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath, the CPF requirement for poll duty and the Centre's possibility to spare the number of CPF companies would be discussed.
Bihar already has some CPF companies to assist the State police in maintaining law and order and peace in the areas having Maoist concentration. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar recently complained that the Union Home Ministry was not fulfilling the request of Bihar for additional CPF companies.
The requirement of the CPF for polls would be finalised keeping in mind the ongoing Ramzan season, coming Deepavali and Chhath festivals and the Commonwealth Games, the sources added.
The availability of the CPF would be considered for fixing the dates as the State should have polls in at least three phases due to the Naxal issue and sufficient time gap was required for movement of forces and ordering of re-poll, if any.
The term of the Bihar Assembly is expiring on November 27 this year.