Lok Sabha polls to be held in 7 phases

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It may be recalled that the officials from the Election Commission had last week informed that it would announce its schedule for the high-voltage Lok Sabha election, which is likely to be spread over 7-8 phases in April-May, sources said on Thursday.

In UP, which has 80 Lok Sabha seats and where the BJP in 2014 won 71 seats on its own (two were won by its ally Apna Dal), the party faces combined challenge of the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal.

The Lok Sabha polls will be held in 7 phases.

In order to empower citizens in the Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission (EC) has introduced cVIGIL app at pan India level whereby citizens can record on his mobile any violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) and send it to the election authorities for appropriate action.

The term of the current Lok Sabha ends on June 3. The state has been under President's Rule after the ruling alliance between the BJP and the PDP fell apart previous year.

The Election Commission, which announced the schedule for the parliamentary election on Sunday, cited security reasons for deferring assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir.

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PM Modi seems to be making quick sprints in different states, carrying out rallies along with the government functions ahead of the announcement of the election dates.

In the press briefing, Arora said all political advertisements on social media will need pre-certification and the candidates will have to give details of their social media accounts to the EC. The next three phases of elections will be conducted on April 18, 23 and 29.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday rejected concerns about elections being held in the month of Ramzan. Veteran Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP, Ahmed Patel, tweeted, "EC's circular on preventing use of of armed forces in election campaign was much needed".

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.

The coalition could win 264 seats in the election compared to 141 for the Congress party-led Opposition alliance, according to the CVoter opinion poll televised on a local channel on Sunday.