In a major breaking development ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, Patidar leader Hardik Patel has announced on Sunday March 10, that he has decided to join Congress. Taking to Twitter, Hardik Patel stated that he will officially be inducted into the 'oldest political party' on March 12 with the presence of party president Rahul Gandhi.
He further went onto state that 'there is no legal hindrance and if Congress would decide to field him in elections, then he will contest the elections.
Meanwhile, the countdown to 2019 Lok Sabha elections officially began on Sunday, March 10, with the announcement of dates of elections by the Election Commission of India at a press briefing in Delhi. The national elections are scheduled to take place in seven rounds beginning from April 11 to May 19, the results of which will be announced on May 23, the Election Commission announced on Sunday.
The General elections will be held for 543 Lok Sabha seats on nearly 10 lakh polling booths across the country which higher compared to 9 lakh in 2014, with 84 million more voters will be casting their vote this time.
The election is going to take place in seven phases instead of 9 as compared to 2014 elections.
The counting of votes of all phases of the 29 states and 7 Union Territories will take place on May 23.