Andhra Pradesh and Telangana To Go For Elections on 11th April

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana To Go For Elections on 11th April

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana To Go For Elections on 11th April

"It is not possible to culminate elections by May 5". Wishing the Election Commission and all the officials who would be on the field ensuring a smooth election, PM Modi tweeted, "The festival of democracy, Elections are here".

J&K Pradesh Congress Committee president G A Mir said the tall claims of the Union Government with regards to the situation in Jammu and Kashmir stand "exposed" as the Centre has itself certified that situation is out of control and not conducive for holding simultaneous polls.

The EC's advisory was widely welcomed by opposition parties. It is also expecting a turnaround in Haryana and improve its performance in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and northeastern states.

The Election Commission on Sunday announced that the 17th Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases starting April 1, followed by counting of votes on May 23.

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Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand will have a four-phased election which will end with the last phase on May 19. However, elections for the Jammu and Kashmir assembly, which was dissolved after the ruling coalition between the BJP and the PDP fell apart, will not be held along with the Lok Sabha polls.

State elections in Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Odisha and Arunachal Pradesh could be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections, the CEC said. This year's Lok Sabha polls are likely to be held between April and May. It will need to carefully plan rallies of party chief Rahul Gandhi. After the 2014 victory, PM Modi-led party changed its rules for party members, which included retirement from active politics after 75 and diminishing chances of getting party tickets after reaching 70.

The difference between the BJP and the Opposition lies in commonality of objective that the saffron alliance has unlike its rivals, who have "no clarity over leadership" and they seek power for the sake of it, the ruling party's spokesperson Nalin Kohli said. The exercise will cover awareness campaigns regarding unlawful conduct during election, particularly the prohibited period of 48 hours under Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act. This is the first time that Odisha will have multi-phased elections.

Senior CPM leader MY Tarigami said deferment of assembly polls will send out wrong signals to people within and outside the state. "I urge my fellow Indians to enrich the 2019 Lok Sabha elections with their active participation".

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