New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentary board is likely to meet on Friday to take stock of its preparedness and campaign for upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019. Discussion on a range of issues including strategising party’s agenda is likely to be held during the meeting.

The party’s top decision making body’s meeting will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.

The BJP parliamentary board meeting comes amid the ongoing heated debate between the government and the Opposition, including Congress, over India’s ‘pre-emptive’ strike on Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camps in Balakot, Pakistan in retaliation to the dastardly Pulwama terror attack.

Meanwhile on Thursday evening, the Congress announced the first list of 15 candidates for Lok Sabha elections. The list contains names of 11 candidates from Uttar Pradesh and four from Gujarat. While UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi will be contesting the polls from Rae Bareli, party president Rahul Gandhi will contest from Amethi.

As far as the announcement of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 schedule by the Election Commission of India (ECI) is concerned, a positive news is likely to be out by Tuesday (March 12), a source close to the poll body was quoted as saying to PTI earlier today.

The Lok Sabha Elections 2019 are likely to be held in the months of April-May in 7-8 phases. The announcement of dates for the elections would be followed by a meeting of election observers next week for the first and second phase of polling. Notification for the first phase could be issued by the end of March for voting some time in early April, sources suggested. The term of the present Lok Sabha ends on June 3.