New Delhi, Mar 11 : Amid controversy over holding general elections during Ramzan, the Election Commission on Monday clarified that festivals were considered while deciding the poll dates and that it ensured that poll dates did not coincide with main festival days.
According to Commission sources, elections cannot be avoided for the entire month of Ramzan but voting will not be held on main festivals and Fridays.
On Sunday, the Commission announced that Lok Sabha polls will be held from April 11 to May 19.
Ramzan, which will be observed from May 7 to June 5, coincides with the two voting dates, that is May 12 and 19, in northern states with a significant Muslim population.
Hours after the poll body declared the dates, leaders from Muslim community, Trinamool Congress and Aam Aadmi Party expressed their concern and demanded Commission to re-schedule the dates.
However, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief and Hyderabd MP Asaduddin Owaisi welcomed the Commission’s decision to conduct the polls during Ramzan time and said the controversy was unwarranted.