Lucknow: After the Election Commission announced the dates for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday took to Twitter to welcome the move. Adityanath in a series of tweets announced that the ‘Mahakumbh of Democracy’ has arrived with the announcement of the election dates. The UP CM tweeted: “‘Mahakumbh’ of democracy starts with the announcement of poll dates by Election Commission.”

He further tweeted: “Uttar Pradesh and India will vote for a stable and strong government by actively participating in the greatest festival of democracy to further accelerate the development journey that began under the visionary leadership of Hon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014.”

“Nation will vote for the leadership which is tirelessly working to build New India and New Uttar Pradesh. People will vote against opportunistic and corrupt forces that promote casteism, corruption, nepotism and dynasty rule,” tweeted Adityanath.

The Election Commission announced a seven-phase election that would begin from April 11 and continue till May 19. The votes will be counted on May 23. The first phase of polling will be held on April 11, the 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.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi too took to the micro-blogging site and sought blessings ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections. Reiterating his government’s motto, he said, “Guided by ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’, NDA seeks your blessings again. We spent the last five years fulfilling basic necessities that were left unfulfilled for 70 long years. Now, the time has come to build on that and create a strong, prosperous and secure India.”

Post the announcement of the polling dates, PM Modi extended best wishes to each and every one. “Best wishes to the Election Commission, all those officials and security personnel who will be on the field, across the length and breadth of India assuring smooth elections. India is very proud of the EC for assiduously organising elections for several years,” he said.

“Wishing all political parties and candidates the very best for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. We may belong to different parties but our aim must be the same- the development of India and empowerment of every Indian!” he added.

Reminiscing 2014 elections, he said, “The people comprehensively rejected the UPA. There was unprecedented anger over the UPA’s corruption, nepotism and policy paralysis. India’s self-confidence was at an all-time low and the people of India wanted to rid the nation of such decay and pessimism.”

Using the hashtag #PhirEkBaarModiSarkaar, PM Modi went on to reflect on the last five years and talked about how everything impossible was made possible. “With the blessings and participation of 130 crore Indians, what was earlier deemed impossible has now become possible,” said PM Modi.