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Javed Akhtar on elections during Ramadan debate: This is repulsive, revolting and intolerable

Javed Akhtar Photograph:( Pinterest )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 12, 2019, 10.58 AM (IST)

Every issue tends to get a political flavour as the election season comes near in any country. As the general elections in India approach, much is being spoken about the timing, the said clash between the voting dates and the Islamic month of fasting, Ramadan.

Speaking up on the issue, veteran lyricist-screenwriter Javed Akhtar on Tuesday said that he finds the discussion around the issue “totally disgusting”. 

Taking to Twitter he wrote: "I find this whole discussion about Ramzan and elections totally disgusting. This is the kind of distorted and convoluted version of secularism that to me is repulsive, revolting and intolerable. EC (Election Commission) should not consider it for a second."

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The said controversy erupted after some people reportedly pointed out that the ensuing general elections are kept to coincide with the holy month of Ramadan so as to dissuade Muslims from voting. 

The voting dates were announced on Sunday by the Election Commission. The dates for the seven phases are April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19. Counting of votes will be held on May 23. 

Meanwhile, the month of Ramadan this year is likely to start around May 5. It is a holy month for Muslims who fast during the day and eat after the sun sets.