Congress CWC to chalk out drawing board for Lok Sabha polls

Congress CWC to chalk out drawing board for Lok Sabha polls

Congress CWC to chalk out drawing board for Lok Sabha polls

- 3rd phase on 23rd April. Election results will be announced on May 23.

With the announcement of polls, the Model Code of Conduct will come into effect from this evening bringing political advertising, campaigning and general conduct of political parties and leaders under the EC's scrutiny.

In a hope to continue his winning streak, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to contest from Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi seat again in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Arora, the chief election commissioner, said three special observers would be deployed in the northern Jammu and Kashmir state, where India is battling multiple insurgencies and where elections are usually marred by violence. The 17 MP seats in Telangana will also go to polls in first phase on April 11.

In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP had won a landslide majority to form its government at the Centre after a gap of 10 years. Almost 90 crore voters would be eligible to vote for 543 Lok Sabha constituencies across the country.

Lok Sabha elections in Bengal will begin on April 11 and polling would be held over seven phases through May 19, the Election Commission said today.

While there is a view that the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections can be held along with the Lok Sabha polls, a lot depends on the complex security situation in the state given the heightened tension along the India Pakistan border.

"Don't think BJP will benefit" from the seven-phase election, but the "people would suffer, we feel bad about that", said Mr Hakim, who is also a minister in Mamata Banerjee's government. While the first date of polling was April 20, the last date was May 10.

Similarly, Sambalpur, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Cuttack, Puri and Bhubaneswar parliamentary constituencies will see the third phase elections on April 23, the last phase polls will be held in Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur constituencies on April 29.

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".

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