BJP president Amit Shah in a series of tweets welcoming the declaration of election for the 17th Lok Sabha and emphasised on the achievements of the NDA government under the "visionary leadership" of PM Narendra Modi .
He spoke of the various initiatives such as: an Dhan, Ujjwala, Mudra Yojana, Ayushman Bharat, PM Awaas Yojana and more that "ensured a life of dignity for millions of Indians"
He further said how India's "security and strategic interests have received a strong impetus."
Prime Minister Modi in a tweet praised the Election Commission for 'assiduously organising elections for several years
Taking a jibe at the Opposition, he further tweeted: In 2014, the people comprehensively rejected the UPA. There was unprecedented anger over the UPA’s corruption, nepotism and policy paralysis. India’s self-confidence was at an all-time low and the people of India wanted to rid the nation of such decay and pessimism.
He further extended best wishes to the political parties and candidates contesting for the Lok Sabha 2019 elections
In a series of tweets, PM Modi said, "2019 polls are about a spirit of confidence and positivity with which India is fulfilling the aspirations of its people" and listed the achievements of the country
Notification for assembly polls will be issued separately: CEC Sunil Arora.
1 phase elections:
2 phase elections:
3 phase elections:
4 phase elections:
5 phase elections:
Last date of nomination: March 25
Scrutiny of nomination: March 26
Date of the poll - April 11
Date of counting: May 23
The Election Commission of India announced:
Election Commission of India:
"The 5-year term of 16th Lok Sabha is due to expire on June 3. Taking into account the provisions, the ECI has attempted a comprehensive programme. The scale and complexity of conducting elections have grown over time. We started with organising a series of meetings with state CEOS."
"Several rounds of meetings were held with Ministry of Home Affairs. Also had deliberations with various other departments..specially Railways. We visited several states and UTs to look into the poll preparedness. We aim to conduct free and fair elections"
Sunil Arora along with other commissioners and Deputy Commissioner address a press brief, likely to announce a date for General Elections 2019
The Congress on Sunday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, hours before the EC's scheduled announcement of dates for the Lok Sabha polls, saying it was the first day of his "vidai parv" (farewell festival).
"It's the first day of Vidai Parv of Modi ji. Voters are ready," said AICC spokesperson Pawan Khera. The Election Commission (EC) is set to announce the schedule for the high-voltage Lok Sabha elections, which is likely to be spread over seven to eight phases in April-May.
Election Commission chief and officials leave from the office of ECI in Delhi
The chief minister of Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh has lauded the Election Commission for their decision of advising political parties to abstain itself from using defence personnel pictures in 'election propaganda'
In Punjab, a Congress internal meet is underway right now to decide the candidate for Lok Sabha elections.
Simultaneously, BJP will be meeting Akali Dal to discuss seat-sharing in the state.
Election Commission will be briefing on Jammu and Kashmir polls at 6:45 PM
According to sources, the dates for Jammu and Kashmir State Assembly polls might be announced. Currently the state is under Presidential rule
According to sources, Congress and JD(S) talks are underway for seat-sharing in Karnataka.
Aam Aadmi Party leader, Sanjay Singh has slammed the Election Commission in a tweet saying, "Does the election Commission operate from the BJP office?"
The Election Commission’s Model Code of Conduct is to regulate political parties and political candidates before the elections. The rules apply to issues relating speeches, polling day, booth, the content of election manifestos and a general code. This code of conduct stays in force from the date of announcement to the day of result.
MCC disallows political parties either in Opposition or Centre to use their official power positions to the campaign, hence no policy or scheme can be announced to impact the voting behavior. The EC has released a complete document listing the MCC which can be accessed here, meanwhile here are the few rules that political parties need to adhere to:
The Election Commission is all set to announce the schedule for the high-voltage Lok Sabha elections at 5 pm on Sunday at Vigyan Bhavan, plenary hall, which is likely to be spread over 7-8 phases in April-May. The term of the present Lok Sabha ends on June 3.
The poll body was in the final stages of completing its logistical preparations for holding elections. According to news PTI, the Election Commission will announce the poll schedule at 5 pm on Sunday.
Earlier, a senior Election Commission functionary told PTI that poll body is prepared to announce the dates and it could happen over the weekend or at most by Tuesday. It said the first phase polling will probably take place in early April and notification for the same will be issued by the end of March.
The Election Commission is also likely to hold assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh along with the Lok Sabha polls. Also, it is likely to that assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir will be held simultaneously. The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly was dissolved on November 21 last year and the Election Commission is bound to hold fresh polls there as well within a six-month period.
In 2014, the Election Commission had announced the elections scheduled on March 5. The nine-phase exercise was held between April 7 and May 12. The counting was held on May 16.
In 2009, the poll body had announced scheduled on March 2. The five-phase polls began on April 16 and ended on May 13. In 2004, the EC had Commission had announced four-phase elections between April 20 and May 10. The schedule was announced on February 29.
(With inputs from PTI)