The Indian Election Commission has announced the dates for the upcoming General Elections in India. The biggest voting exercise in the world will start from April 11 will be concluded in seven phases on May 19. The results will be announced on May 23. The voting will be held across India on April 11, April 19, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19. The election will be held on 543 seats of Lok Sabha.
The battle will start on April 11 between Prime Minister Narendra Modi to secure second term in the office and opposition to oust him. Both the ruling BJP and Opposition Congress are looking for allies in different states to win maximum seats of Lok Sabha. In some states both Congress and BJP will contest one on one election but in many states both parties are weak and needs the support of powerful regional parties to win seats. 273 seats required to win the simple majority to form the government.
The opposition Congress had accused the Election Commission of delaying the dates to enable the government to rush through the launch of welfare schemes and projects; But Election commission has rejected the claims of Congress. According to the model code of conduct, the government cannot announce any scheme or project once the date for the election has been announced.
PM Narendra Modi Shortly after the national election dates were announced on Sunday, tweeted, “The festival of democracy, Elections are here.”
He urges the Indian voters to come out in big numbers to cast their votes. He tweeted, “i urge my fellow Indians to enrich the 2019 Lok Sabha elections with their active participation. I hope this election witnesses a historic turnout. I particularly call upon first time voters to vote in record numbers,” tweeted PM Modi.
Many experts believe that this general election will decide the future direction of India. If BJP succeeded to win the second term than it will make further steps to make India as a Hindu state.
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17 November, 2019