The Election Commission on Sunday announced the dates for 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The elections will happen in seven phases. Polling will start on April 11 and result will be declared on May 23. The commission also announced that four states — Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Odisha — will go to polls simultaneously with the general elections.
Immediately after the announcement of the dates, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet said: “Wishing all political parties and candidates the very best for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. We may belong to different parties but our aim must be the same- the development of India and empowerment of every Indian!”
2019 Polls: Here are some more political reactions on elections dates
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in a tweet said: “Ultimately back to We the people – the real power of our democracy. Time to throw out the most dictatorial and anti-federal govt in the history of India. Time to seek answers on demonetisation, jobs, destruction of traders n destroying brotherhood amongst different communities.”
Congress leader Ahmed Patel said: “NDA 2 will be best remembered for wasting its historic mandate in the pursuit of petty benefits for a handful of individuals, by imposing a heavy cost on the entire nation. For 5 years India waited, but Acche Din never came.”
He further said that this election will herald a new era. “5 years of chaotic, despotic & destructive dispensation will finally conclude India can once again return to a path of sobriety, integrity & inclusivity Economic growth & social justice shall jointly occupy the centre stage of governance,” Patel said.
HD Deve Gowda
Former Prime Minister and JD(S) chief HD Deve Gowda while speaking to ANI said: “Polling to be held in Karnataka in two phases on 18 and 23 April. The finalisation on seat-sharing by Congress & JD(S) not yet settled. But after the notification, I think Rahul Gandhi will finalise within 2-3 days.”
NC Chief Omar Abdullah expressed surprise at no assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir. Abdullah hit out at Prime Minister Modi saying he has surrendered to Pakistan and to the militants. “What happened to @rajnathsingh’s assurance to Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha as well as to the all-party meeting recently in Delhi that all forces would be made available for simultaneous polls?” NC chief asked.