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PM Modi presents govt's report card, targets Congress on Twitter as EC announces poll dates

As General Elections 2019 Is Due To Be Held Between April And May, Modi Extended His Warm Wishes To The All Political Parties And Their Candidates.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Nabanita Chakorborty | Updated on: 10 Mar 2019, 07:11:15 PM
PM Narendra Modi (File Photo)

New Delhi:

Barely moments after the Election Commission of India announced the dates for ensuing Lok Sabha Elections 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday extended his best wishes to all those officials and security personnel who will be on the field, across the length and breadth of India assuring smooth elections all over the country.

Taking to Twitter, Modi wrote - "India is very proud of the EC for assiduously organising elections for several years". Modi dubbed the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections as the "festival of democracy".

Coming down heavily on the previous Congress government, the prime minister said, "In 2014, the people comprehensively rejected the UPA. There was unprecedented anger over the UPA’s corruption, nepotism and policy paralysis. India’s self-confidence was at an all-time low and the people of India wanted to rid the nation of such decay and pessimism".

As General Elections 2019 is due to be held between April and May, Modi extended his warm wishes to the all political parties and their candidates, adding that despite having different ideologies and agendas the aim of all the parties must be same that is the development of India and empowerment of every Indian!

Thanking the millions of citizens for their love and support throughout the time, Modi said, "The last five years have shown that with the blessings and participation of 130 crore Indians, what was earlier deemed impossible has now become possible".

"2019 polls are about a spirit of confidence and positivity with which India is fulfilling the aspirations of its people," he added.

The prime minister also appealed to his fellow Indians to enrich the upcoming Lok Sabha polls with their active participation and expressed his hope that like 2014 this election will also witness a historic turnout. He further called upon the first time voters to exercise their franchise in record numbers.

Giving a list of achievments of the BJP-led NDA government in the last five years, Modi wrote, "50 crore Indians have access to good quality and free healthcare. 42 crore people of unorganised sector have access to old-age pension".

"12 crore farmer households get yearly monetary support of Rs. 6000. Crores of middle class families are exempt from income tax," he added.

"Today, the people of India know that it is possible to: Become the fastest growing economy. Give a befitting reply to terror.  Eliminate poverty at a record pace. Make India Swachh. Remove corruption and punish the corrupt.  Ensure inclusive and extensive development," Modi wrote in a series of tweets.

In another listicle, the prime minister said, "India is proud that: 2.5 crore families have electricity for the first time. 7 crore households have smoke-free kitchens. 1.5 crore Indians got their own homes. These, and many other instances show that with the right approach and futuristic policies, nothing is impossible!".

"Guided by ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’, NDA seeks your blessings again. We spent the last five years fulfilling basic necessities that were left unfulfilled for 70 long years. Now, time has come to build on that and create a strong, prosperous and secure India," Modi added.

Addressing a press conference around 5 pm at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, the Election Commission on Sunday announced the dates for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 along with state Assembly polls in Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Sikkim.

While General Elections 2019 will take place in 7 phases between April 11 and May 19, the Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal, Odisha and Sikkim will also be held simultaneously.

However, elections for the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, which was dissolved following a clash between the PDP and the BJP, will not be held along with the Lok Sabha polls.

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First Published : 10 Mar 2019, 06:17:30 PM