The Election Commission on Sunday announced the schedule for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, setting in motion the biggest democratic exercise in the world involving nearly 90 crore voters. The elections will be held for 543 seats of the Lok Sabha at approximately 10 lakh polling booths. On April 11, during the Phase 1 of the Lok Sabha polls, the EC announced that elections will be held on the same day for both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Responding to the decision made by the Election Commission, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said, 'It is a very good step taken by them, and I believe in Telangana there will be a 17-0 result, with all 17 seats won by Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS)'.
'In Andhra Pradesh, my friend, Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy will get 20-21 parliament seats and this will be good for both the states. We want to make Telangana win, and I am telling you that there will be a result of 17-0 as K. Chandrashekar Rao, (Chief Minister of Telangana) is doing a lot for the state, and they will continue to do so'.
Here are the dates for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls:
Meanwhile, as the countdown to General Elections 2019 has officially begun, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to Twitter to extend a congratulatory message to the Election Commission and to the voters of the nation who are going to elect its new government. In a series of tweets, PM Modi urged the Indians to enrich the Lok Sabha election with their active participation, adding that the festival of democracy - elections - are here.