We have made this sacrifice (by forming an alliance with the Congress) for one aim -- to keep India a secular country and also keep India strong. There is no other goal.
Farooq AbdullahNational Conference Chairperson
According to Mr Jaitley, one who disagrees with the government is a 'compulsive contrarian'. Can we then say that anyone who always agrees with the government is 'His Master's Voice'?
P ChidambaramCongress leader
People have realised they (NDA) have not done much and I don't even see the Congress picking up much. So, either one of them is not meeting (the majority mark), then chances will be there for various regional parties. That's what I am banking on. That might give larger scope for other parties.
K KavithaTRS leader
I am not minimising national security, but I am saying that the election has to be fought on perennial issues and not on a tragedy of one moment. That tragedy (Pulwama attack) will be dealt with, has been dealt with and should be dealt with.
Shashi TharoorCongress leader
It has been decided by our party unit that we don't want any adjustment or alliance by compromising our dignity. The Left can't dictate us on who will be candidate and who won't. We will fight alone in Bengal.
Somen MitraWest Bengal Congress chief
The amount of violence she (Mamata) had to go through during her Youth Congress days and from the Communists, she is now making everyone suffer the same.
Nirmala SitharamanDefence Minister & BJP leader
Late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan and Shiv Sena founder late Balasaheb Thackerayhad planted the sapling of the BJP-Sena alliance which has manifested into a huge tree now.
Devendra FadnavisMaharashtra Chief Minister & BJP leader
At the cusp of history, India and Indians have a choice to make. Are they electing a 6 month govt or a 5 year govt? Are they choosing between a tested & performing leader or a chaotic crowd of non-leaders? I am confident aspirational people of India will make the right choice.
Arun JaitleyUnion Finance Minister
If Balakot were to win elections, you might as well vote for the Indian Air Force chief to become the country’s prime minister.
P ChidambaramCongress leader & former finance minister
If this country is to improve, it has to move forward on par with other countries at an international level with its head held high. Only if the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are made to run away, alternative federal politics will come in this country.
K Chandrasekhar RaoTelangana Chief Minister & TRS chief
Narendra Modi is the NDA's prime ministerial candidate and he will return as the Prime Minister again. Nitish Kumar will have a role to play, of course. Among NDA constituents, the JD(U) is the third largest after the BJP and the Shiv Sena. But nothing more should be read into this.
Prashant KishorNational Vice-President of JD(U)
Who will be the PM (from the opposition) is for the people to decide. It is very arrogant for us to talk about it. The entire opposition is united in defeating PM Modi, BJP and RSS.
Rahul GandhiPresident of Indian National Congress
This nation is based on love and brotherhood. It is sad at what is happening in the country these days. There is no bigger patriotism than awareness. Your awareness is a weapon; your vote is a weapon. It is a weapon that will not hurt or harm anyone. It is a weapon that will strengthen you.
Priyanka Gandhi VadraCongress General Secretary
A vote signifies the willingness to contribute to the development trajectory of the nation. By voting, people connect themselves with the country's dreams and aspirations.
Narendra ModiPrime Minister of India
With West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress and emerging opposition BJP intensifying their fight ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, capturing and recapturing each other's party offices have become a regular occurrence.
Masks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi are giving tough competition to sarees decked with the Trinamool Congress (TMC) symbol of twin flowers. This year, the nine-yard attire has joined the brigade of caps, t-shirts and other campaign material selling like hot cakes in West Bengal.
After Indira Gandhi's sudden death, Rajiv Gandhi received a massive victory and from 1989 Indian politics entered, perhaps, its most dynamic phase. A coalition dharma continued until Narendra Modi's electoral victory in 2014.
Lok Sabha Elections 2019 will be held in seven phases.
Phase I: April 11, Phase II: April 18, Phase III: April 23, Phase IV: April 29, Phase V: May 6, Phase VI: May 12, Phase VII: May 19
More than 830 million people were eligible to vote in the 2014 Elections, while more than 550 million cast their votes. The number might swell to 900 million this time round.
The people of India will vote to elect new representatives for the 543 Lok Sabha constituencies across the country. This election will choose the 17th Lok Sabha. The members of the largest party or coalition will then choose the Prime Minister.
Lok Sabha elections 2019 will have one million polling stations.
The model code of conduct comes into effect as soon as the Election Commission announces poll dates. It is a set of guidelines that candidates, and political parties and governments must follow to keep elections fair. These generally include restrictions on government announcements and freebies that can influence voters.
An Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) is an electronic device for recording votes. It consists of two units - a control unit and a balloting unit. Since 2010, the Election Commission has been phasing in a third unit called the VVPAT or the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail, which allows voters to verify that their votes have been recorded correctly by printing a paper receipt.
EVMs were first used in 1982 in 50 polling stations in a by-election to Kerala's Parur assembly seat. The first large scale use of EVMs was in 1998 when it was used in 16 assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi. The 2004 Lok Sabha election was the first parliamentary poll conducted entirely on EVMs.
NOTA or 'None Of The Above' is a voting option on EVMs that allows voters to reject every candidate in their constituency. It was introduced In October 2013.
You can contact the nearest Election Commission office or visit the National Voters' Services Portal at www.nvsp.in.
Yes. As long as you have your name in the voters' list, you can walk in to a polling booth and cast your vote with an Aadhaar card as ID proof.
Yes, as long as they have not acquired citizenship of any other country and are otherwise eligible to be registered as a voter at their place of residence in India.