Only Lok Sabha polls in Jammu and Kashmir

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The Lok Sabha polls in the 8 Northeastern states of India will be held in three phases - 11, 18 and 23 of April.

In the wake of recent violent events and keeping all challenges in mind and taking totality of views, only Lok Sabha schedule will be announced.

Ramzan starts around May 5 depending on the sighting of the moon, and polling for the seven-phase countrywide elections starts on April 11 and ends on May 19.

"First time since 1996 Assembly elections in J&K are not being held on time".

AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday asked political parties not to create controversy on the issue of holding Lok Sabha polls during Ramzan and said there will be greater participation of Muslim community in the democratic exercise during that period.

"If that is true, then how could the Lok Sabha polls be held?"

With the announcement of the schedule, the model code of conduct came into force with immediate effect.

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 last date for submitting nominations is 25 March 2019. The 2nd phase of voting will be done on April 18 and the subsequent phases on April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and the last phase on May 19 will conclude the voting procedure.

"With the amount of worldwide attention elections in Jammu and Kashmir attract, I never thought PM Modi would be willing to confess his failure on a global stage but we all make mistakes & that was mine", he said. Jammu and Kashmir will have five-phase voting.

National Conference leader and former state chief minister Omar Abdullah slammed withholding of assembly elections and criticised the Modi government.

"This time, elections have been deferred due to the mishandling of the situation on the part of the Centre", Mir alleged.

Now, if the UPA is to stitch post-poll alliances in the states of Assam (AIUDF), Kerala (LDF), Uttar Pradesh (SP+BSP+RLD) and West Bengal (TMC), its total tally would increase to 226 seats, the survey said.

As per the party's internal calculations, Jagan Reddy's YSR Congress, the main challenger to the ruling TDP in Andhra, and the incumbent Telangana Rashtra Samithi in neighbouring Telangana, are more likely to join the BJP-led alliance if more allies are required in a post-poll scenario.