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

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Trinamool and has said the lengthy schedule of the upcoming polls, will be arduous for those observing in the states of Bihar, and

Ramzan, observed by Muslims as a month of fasting, will likely coincide with the seven-phase election schedule.

The also lambasted BJP on the issue and said, "BJP doesn't want minorities to cast their votes."

Speaking to ANI on Sunday, Hakim said, "is a constitutional body and we respect them. We don't want to say anything against them. But the 7-phase election will be tough for people in Bihar, UP and It will be most difficult for those who will be observing at that time."

"Minority population in these three states is quite high. They will cast votes by observing 'roza'. EC should have kept this in mind. BJP wants minorities to not cast their votes. But we aren't worried. People are committed to BJP hatao-desh bachao", Hakim said.

Earlier on Sunday, had alleged that the of India (ECI) wanted to announce the dates for election on March 4 but delayed it due to the inauguration programmes of

The on Sunday announced the schedule for 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.

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First Published: Mon, March 11 2019. 09:54 IST