New Delhi: Taking an exception to the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections 2019, Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and Kolkata Municipal Corporation Mayor Firhad Hakim claimed that Narendra Modi-led central government had “misled” the Election Commission about the law and order situation in the state. “The central government has targeted West Bengal in order to ensure that minority community people can’t come out to vote in large numbers due to fasting in the Ramzan month,” said the TMC leader soon after the dates for Lok Sabha elections were announced.

He added,”Such a prolonged polling process will put a lot of pressure on the people because of the month of Ramzan and the summer in April and May. We have full faith in the Election Commission. We are not afraid of a seven-phase election.” Hakim also exuded confidence and claimed that the TMC will defeat the Narendra Modi government in the elections and the country will have a new pro-people government at the Centre.

Earlier on Sunday, the Election Commission announced the poll schedule for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019, which will be held in seven phases starting from April 11 and conclude with counting on May 23 for all phases.

The first phase of polling will be held on April 11, second phase on April 18, third phase on April 23, fourth phase on April 29, fifth phase on May 6, sixth phase on May 12 and seventh phase on May 19.

The Lok Sabha polls will be held in 91 constituencies across 20 states in phase 1, 97 constituencies across 13 states in phase 2, 115 constituencies across 14 states in phase 3, 71 constituencies across 9 states in phase 4, 51 constituencies across seven states in phase 5, 59 constituencies in seven states and 59 constituencies in eight states.