Shortly after the national election dates were announced on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a series of tweets, “The festival of democracy, elections are here.”
The election will be held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19 and the results will be declared on May 23, the Election Commission stated today.
“I urge my fellow Indians to enrich the 2019 Lok Sabha elections with their active participation. I hope this election witnesses a historic turnout. I particularly call upon first time voters to vote in record numbers,” tweeted PM Modi.
In multiple tweets, the Prime Minister attacked the Congress-led UPA and listed what he called his government’s achievements per his promise of “development for all”. He tweeted: “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.”
“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,” he tweeted.
“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,” another tweet read.
The Prime Minister had kept a whirlwind schedule of launches and openings in the past few days as the government rushed to tie up mega schemes before the model code of conduct kicked in.