New Delhi: Moments after the Election Commission (EC) announced the poll schedule for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter and thundered, “Time to throw out the most dictatorial and anti-federal government in the history of India.”
Taking a dig at the BJP-led government at the Centre, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener said that the time has come to seek answers for lack of jobs, impact of demonetisation, ‘destroying brotherhood amongst different communities’.
Lok Sabha elections will begin on April 11 and polling would be held over seven phases till May 19, followed by counting of all votes on May 23. The elections to seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi will be held on May 12.
The Election Commission has fixed the date for removal of the “autocratic” government in the country, said Delhi AAP convener Gopal Rai. “People of Delhi and the country were waiting for this day. The Modi government by violating all constitutional and democratic norms humiliated and paralysed the Delhi government,” he further charged.
The Aam Aadmi Party announced its poll strategy on March 2. “The party has decided to field Pankaj Gupta from Chandni Chowk, Dilip Pandey from North East Delhi, Atishi from East Delhi, Brajesh Goel from New Delhi, Gugan Singh from North West Delhi and Raghav Chadha from South Delhi,” AAP’s Delhi Convenor Gopal Rai said.
“A few names have been considered for West Delhi. The party will announce the candidate in the next few days,” Rai added.
Of the six candidates who have been named, Atishi, the only woman, Chadha, Pandey and Gupta have been long-time associates of Kejriwal, who took power in Delhi in February 2015 after leading the AAP to a stunning win that gave it 67 of the Assembly’s 70 seats.