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Urge fellow Indians to enrich 2019 Lok Sabha elections with active participation: PM Modi

File photo of PM Modi. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 10, 2019, 06.30 PM (IST)

With the release of the election dates for the 2019 Lok Sabha on Sunday, Prime Minister Modi extended best wishes to all political parties and candidates for the upcoming polls.

In a tweet, PM Modi 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!".

He also urged the citizens of the country to come out in large numbers and mark their active participation in the polls.

"The festival of democracy, Elections are here. 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".

He further praised the Election Commission of the country and extended wishes to the officials and the security personnel who will be on the field.

"Best wishes to the Election Commission, all those officials and security personnel who will be on the field, across the length and breadth of India assuring smooth elections. India is very proud of the EC for assiduously organising elections for several years".

PM Modi also sought blessings for his government and asked the countrymen to contribute to "#PhirEkBaarModiSarkar".

He said, "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 & secure India. #PhirEkBaarModiSarkar".

Hitting out at the Congress he 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".

"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," he added. 

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The 2019 Lok Sabha elections are to be held in seven phases starting April from April 11. 

The polling dates over the seven phases are April 11, April 18, April 23, May 6, May 12, and May 19. All votes will be counted on May 23. 

The announcement was made Sunday by Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora. 

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In a tweet, PM Modi 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!'.