Election will be difficult for those observing Ramzan, BJP does not wants minorities to vote: Kolkata Mayor

Trinamool Congress leader and Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim has said the lengthy schedule of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, will be arduous for those observing Ramzan in the states of Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.

Trinamool Congress (TMC), on Monday, stirred a row by saying that the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections in the states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal is a ‘conspiracy to stop minorities from voting’. Firhad Hakim, Kolkata Mayor and TMC leader said that his party is, however, not worried as the voters of the country are ‘committed to ‘BJP hataodesh bachao.

Earlier on Sunday, Congress had alleged that the Election Commission of India (ECI) wanted to announce the dates for Lok Sabha election on March 4 but delayed it due to the inauguration programmes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Election Commission on Sunday announced the schedule for Lok Sabha elections 2019. 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 done on May 23.