Campaign rallies continue across India as the country prepares for nationwide elections beginning Thursday, April 11. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will speak at a joint campaign rally between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena party, a regional Hindu nationalist party, in Maharashtra state on Tuesday, April 9. The event will also feature the Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray and be held in Ausa (Latur district). Further campaign rallies are expected to continue as the country votes in phases from April 11 to May 19. Associated disruptions and a heightened security presence are expected near all campaign events.
India is scheduled to hold general elections beginning April 11. The first phase of voting will take place on April 11 in all or part of the following states and territories: Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Lakshadweep, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Sikkim, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal. The second phase will take place on Thursday, April 18 in: Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal.
Individuals in the abovementioned locations, and India more generally, are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all political demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate disruptions and a heightened security presence, and refrain from discussing political topics in public or on social media.
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