Asaduddin Owaisi says polls during Ramzan not an issue

Asaduddin Owaisi says polls during Ramzan not an issue

The AIMIM leader said it was a "totally uncalled for and unnecessary" controversy.

"Muslims will definitely fast in Ramzan, they go out and lead a normal life, they go to office, even the poorest of the poor will also fast".

The Election Commission on Sunday said the EVMs and postal ballot papers would carry photograph of all candidates to help voters identify the political leaders in the fray. "My analysis is that this month (Ramzan) will lead to more voting percentage because one will be free from all worldly duties", Mr Owaisi remarked.

Firhad Hakim said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) doesn't want minorities to exercise their franchise in the Lok Sabha polls.

Adding to his arguments on the states of West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, Hakim claimed the "minority population in these three states is quite high".

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900 million voters are eligible to cast their vote in this election, of which 15 million are first-time voters.

Results of the poll were released following the announcement of the election schedule. "EC should have kept this in mind".

The elections for the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, which was dissolved after the ruling coalition between the BJP and the PDP fell apart, will not be held along with Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission announced on Sunday, 10 March.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora announced the Commission's decision to defer Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir at a press conference this afternoon but announced five-phase Lok Sabha elections in the State on April 11, 18, 23 and 29 and May 6 i.e. first five out of seven-phase Lok Sabha elections in the country. Counting of votes will be done on May 23.

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