Only Lok Sabha polls in Jammu and Kashmir

Only Lok Sabha polls in Jammu and Kashmir

Gearing up for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the Congress is taking a slew of steps to counter the BJP's sustained campaign.

Of the 543 parliamentary seats up for grabs, 241 could go to Modi's ruling alliance, compared with 141 to the Congress party-led opposition alliance, according to a nationwide survey of 50,000 people by the CVoter polling agency conducted over the past four weeks. The dates are April 11, April 18, April 23 and April 29.

With the announcement of poll dates, the State government has been notified to strictly implement the model code of conduct with immediate effect.

Polls will be held on April 23 in a total of 115 constituencies spread across 14 states. If any untoward incident or violation of any law/rule is noticed, action would be taken immediately, the commission said.

He added that assembly polls would be held along with the Lok Sabha polls in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.

In a press conference, chief election commissioner Sunil Arora announced that the electorate size is around 900 million for the 2019 general election.

1st phase polling to be held on 11th April, 2nd phase on 18th April, 3rd phase on 23rd April, 4th phase polling to be held on 29th April, 5th phase polling on 6th May, 6th phase polling on 12th May, 7th phase 12th May. The results would be announced on 23 May.

The Jammu and Kashmir assembly was dissolved in November past year, months after the Mehbooba Mufti-headed government in the state fell following the BJP withdrawing support to it in June. I hope this election witnesses a historic turnout.

Omar said in 2014, J-K had Lok Sabha elections on time and assembly elections on the schedule even after the most devastating floods, but delaying them now "shows how badly the BJP & earlier the BJP-PDP mishandled J&K".

In the upcoming CWC meet, to be held in Ahmedabad on March 12, the party will finalise the party's manifesto, which has been in the works since October a year ago. The process of updating the electoral rolls will continue till last date of filing of nomination, he said.

In 2009, the EC had announced Lok Sabha poll scheduled on March 2.

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