New Delhi: Moments after the Election Commission (EC) announced the poll schedule for the Lok Sabha elections 2019 April-May, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alongwith several leaders across the country took to Twitter welcoming the declaration.
The Prime Minister tweeted:
BJP national president Amit Shah urged for a good turnout of voters and said,
On the other hand, Congress put out a two-minute video entitled ‘aarambh hai prachand’ (the beginning of something massive), showing party chief Rahul Gandhi meeting people across the country.
It said the party was ready for the battle and also claimed the victory of the truth for the UPA in 2019.
“The bugle is blown and now it is the turn of the public. There is adequate preparation for fighting the lies. We will defeat the ‘liars’ in this government, we are prepared and victory will be ours,” the Congress posted in Hindi on its Twitter handle.
From the Opposition, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote on Twitter ,“Ultimately back to we the people -the real power of our democracy. Time to throw out the most dictatorial and anti-federal govt in the history of India. Time to seek answers on demonetisation, jobs, destruction of traders n destroying brotherhood amongst different communities.”
Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav promised to work for the welfare of the poor and the farmers, in addition to empowering the youth and women.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati also took to Twitter and said
Welcoming the declaration by the Election Commission (EC), Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said, “India is set for another election. In this battle of democracy, I hope elections are conducted in a level playing field. All parties and candidates must follow the guidelines issued by the ECI and uphold the values of democracy, and respect the decision of the voters.”
Expressing shock over EC’s announcement that Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections will not be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls, National Conference president Omar Abdullah tweeted,
He further questioned the Union home minister,
Mounting attack on the BJP-led government at the Centre, Abdullah said that this declaration threw light over how badly the BJP and the earlier BJP-PDP state government mishandled Jammu and Kashmir.
Karnataka BJP president BS Yeddyurappa also appealed all voters to cast their vote and work together for a ‘mission’.
With Karnataka slated to hold Lok Sabha elections in two phases on April 18 and April 23, former Prime Minister and JD (S) leader HD Deve Gowda affirmed that the Congress-JD(S) combine in state will decide on seat-sharing in a few days.
LOK SABHA ELECTIONS 2019 SCHEDULE
The seven phase polling will begin on April 11 and the counting for all phases will be held on May 23. The term of the 16th Lok Sabha expires on June 3.
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.
Total 22 states, including all union territories will go to poll in single phase- Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Sikkim, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Andaman Niccobar, Dadra and Nagar haveli, Daman and Diu, Lakshdweep, Delhi, Pondicherry, Chandigarh.
Four states will be going to polls in two phases- Karnataka, Manipur, Rajasthan and Tripura, whereas, two states will go to polls in three phases- Assam and Chhattisgarh. The states going to polls in four phases are Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha. Jammu and Kashmir alone will hold polls in five phases. No state will hold polls in six phases only Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal will hold it in seven phases.
All state Assembly elections in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh will be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls 2019.