Earlier several Opposition parties pointed to the delay in poll schedule for the general elections and claimed that the EC is working in tandem with the Centre- by allowing Narendroa Modi government an extended window to announce sops.
Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel had attacked EC and raised questions on it for not announcing dates of forthcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019. “Is the Election Commission waiting for the Prime Minister’s ‘official’ travel programmes to conclude before announcing dates for general elections,” Patel tweeted. Last time, the dates for Lok Sabha polls were announced in the first week of March.
Congress spokesman Jaiveer Shergill had also targeted PM Modi and claimed that he is not letting the Election Commission announce the poll dates.
In 2004, the Commission had announced four-phase Lok Sabha polls on February 29. While the first date of polling was April 20 and the last date was May 10. In 2009, the EC had announced Lok Sabha poll scheduled on March 2. The five-phase polls began on April 16 and ended on May 13.
In 2014, the poll had announced the election schedule on March 5 and the nine-phase electoral exercise was spread across April and May. While the first phase polling was on April 7, the last phase was on May 12.