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West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 Updates: 'Don't vote for BJP,' says Rakesh Tikait in Nandigram

Assembly Election 2021 LIVE Updates: Tikait who held a rally in key battleground Nandigram, reiterated Mamata Banerjee's poll clarion call of Khela Hobe while addressing a rally in the CM's constituency

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West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 Updates: 'Don't vote for BJP,' says Rakesh Tikait in Nandigram

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Mar 13, 2021 - 22:19 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

BJP a party of cheats: Rakesh Tikait in Nandigram

Calling BJP "a party of cheats" which hides its sympathy for the rich, Tikait said "We will be on the side of those who oppose BJP, those who will stand by the farmers and the poor."

"Don't vote for BJP. If voted to power they will give away your land to big corporates and industries and make you landless. They will hand over the country to big industrialist groups putting your livelihood at stake and in danger," he said.

Mar 13, 2021 - 22:03 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Rakesh Tikait holds Mahapanchayat in battleground Nandigram, says don't vote for BJP

Samyukt Kisan Morcha leader and Bharatiya Kisan Union chief Rakesh Tikait held 'Mahapanchayat' ahead of the West Bengal elections in the key battleground Nandigram. Tikait has appealed to people to not support BJP until and unless they repeal the farm law.

Drawing parallels between the East India Company and  the BJP, Tikait that the government is currently being run by dacoits and robbers. He said if the government was of any political party they would have definitely engaged with the farmers and accommodated their requests. 

Mar 13, 2021 - 21:50 (IST)

Assam Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

BJP targetting me as I can swing 35% votes: Badruddin Ajmal

"I am not the only target for the BJP, they want to finish me off politically. They know I have a hold on about 35 per cent votes. If it works my way, they will not remain in power. I can sway these votes in favour of the alliance," Ajmal told NDTV.

Mar 13, 2021 - 21:34 (IST)

Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

EC writes to state electoral officers over poll ads

The Election Commission on Saturday reportedly wrote to the chief secretaries and chief electoral officers in the five poll-bound states of Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, and Puducherry about the "equitable opportunity to have access to advertisement spaces for election-related advertisement".

Mar 13, 2021 - 21:28 (IST)

Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

BJP doesn't have any agenda in Assam, says Bhupesh Baghel

Chhattisgarh chief minister and Congress' observer for the Assam Assembly election, Bhupesh Baghell on Saturday accused the Assam unit of the BJP of being "confused".

"They (BJP) don't have any agenda. They should first decide whether Sonowal or Himanta has been the chief minister for the last five years in Assam. BJP is confused and Assam is going to slip out of their hands," he said.

Mar 13, 2021 - 20:08 (IST)

Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Samyukta Kisan Morcha holds mahapanchayat in Kolkata

The Sanyukt Kisan Morcha held a mahapanchayat in Kolkata against the three farm laws

Mar 13, 2021 - 19:46 (IST)

Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Rakesh TIkait says people should vote against BJP

BKU leader Rakesh Tikait was quoted by India Today on Saturday as saying that people in West Bengal should vote against the BJP in the upcoming Assembly polls.

Tikait was reportedly in the Nandigram district to address a kisan mahapanchayat. He added "that he is confident that the people of Bengal will listen to him if farmers get the rightful benefits," the report said

Mar 13, 2021 - 19:36 (IST)

Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

BJP election committee meeting begins in Delhi

The BJP central election committee's meeting is underway at the party headquarters in Delhi ahead of the upcoming Assembly polls in five states.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, and BJP chief JP Nadda are reportedly present at the meeting.

Mar 13, 2021 - 18:40 (IST)

Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

BJP has to win Bengal to expand ideological footprint, says Dilip Ghosh

West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh on Saturday said that the party has to fulfil its long-cherished mission of winning the state not only to expand its ideological footprint but also to secure India's eastern borders, which have turned into a "transit point for terror elements" trying to create unrest in the country.

Amid an exodus of TMC members to the BJP ahead of the Assembly elections, Ghosh conceded that the saffron party needs people from other political outfits to come to power in the state, after which it will put an end to the practice.

In an interview with PTI, Ghosh said the BJP's ideology, its expanding organisational strength, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity are its strengths, while the lack of popular faces in the party at the state, district and local levels is one of the drawbacks for the saffron camp in the elections.

Mar 13, 2021 - 18:09 (IST)

Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Tamil Nadu Congress leaders protest over candidate selection

Congress MP MK Vishnu Prasad and other leaders protested against state office bearers outside the party office in Chennai over the candidate selection for the 6 April Tamil Nadu Assembly election.

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates: Tikait who held a rally in key battleground Nandigram, reiterated Mamata Banerjee's poll clarion call of Khela Hobe while addressing a rally in the CM's constituency

The BJP central election committee's meeting is underway at the party headquarters in Delhi ahead of the upcoming Assembly polls in five states.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, and BJP chief JP Nadda are reportedly present at the meeting.

Amid a volatile political atmosphere in West Bengal in the run-up to the Assembly election, Governor Jagdeep Dhankar called for the police and bureaucracy to be "politically neutral".

He tweeted, "Call upon Bureaucracy @MamataOfficial ;Police @WBPolice @KolkataPolice to adhere to rule of law and exhibit “political neutrality” so that our democracy flourishes. All must work to ensure peaceful environment that is quintessential for fair elections that is basis of democracy."

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be on two-day visit to poll-bound Assam and West Bengal from Sunday during which he will address public meetings and attend other political programmes, the Bharatiya Janata Party said on Saturday.

The BJP said Shah will address two public meetings at Margarita and Nazira in Assam on Sunday. He will then leave for Bengal where he will hold a road show in Kharagpur in the evening. On Monday, Shah will address public meetings at Jhargram and Ranibandha in West Bengal before flying to Guwahati where he will address a Town Hall programme.

Senior party leaders said Shah and BJP president J P Nadda are also expected to meet the family members of 129 party workers in West Bengal who were allegedly killed in political violence in the sate in the last few years.

The West Bengal chief secretary will submit a detailed report on the alleged attack on TMC chief and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at 5 pm on Saturday, India Today reported.

The report will be contributed to by the Special Observer and Police Observer appointed by the EC, the report said.

The defence minister will address a rally at Sadharu tea estate and another at Dafflaghur tea estate under the Biswanath constituency from where BJP candidate Pramod Borthakur is seeking re-election.

Tikait, who is credited with reviving the protest at the Ghazipur site after the Republic Day violence in Delhi, said he will urge people to vote against the BJP.

Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay has been asked to furnish details by Saturday about how the incident in Nandigram took place and who could be behind it.

Amidst speculation that former Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy will contest from Nemom in the 6 April Assembly polls, Puthuppally, his home constituency in Kottayam district, witnessed dramatic scenes on Saturday as a group of Congress workers staged protest near his house and made suicide threats.

Financial assistance of Rs 25,000 to one lakh persons going on pilgrimage to major Hindu temples, increase in maternity leave period and assistance, cut in fuel prices and steps to ban NEET were the various promises made by the Dravidian party.

Sinha joined his new party a little after noon at the Trinamool Bhawan in Kolkata in the presence of Derek O Brien, Sudip Bandopadhyay and Subrata Mukherjee.

Taking a swipe at the BJP, the former Union minister said that the aim of the ruling party seems to be to win elections somehow.

All the senior Congress functionaries starting with the Gandhi family members, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and young spokesman Jaiveer Shergill were named as campaigners for West Bengal and Assam.

Thomas took a swipe at his former party, claiming that it does not have a regional-party presence in many parts of the country and that its leadership does not know what is happening.

KPCC president Mullappally Ramachandran said in New Delhi that the AICC had finalised the names of 81 candidates.

"Discussions are on to finalise candidates for remaining 10 seats.The central election committee of the Congress party, chaired by party president Sonia Gandhi, has decided to field 91 congress candidates in Kerala," Ramachandran said.

The report also mentioned that there was no clear footage available of the spot where the incident took place from anywhere in the vicinity, an official of the state CEO's office said.

The West Bengal government's report to the Election Commission on Friday on the incident at Nandigram in which chief minister Mamata Banerjee was injured has no mention of the "four-five person"s, who she had alleged had attacked her, he said.

It, however, referred to the presence of a huge crowd at the spot where the incident took place.

Amid an ongoing tussle with alliance partner Congress over the seat-sharing agreement, the Abbas Siddiqui-led Indian Secular Front on Friday released the first list of 26 constituencies it will contest in the upcoming Assembly elections in West Bengal.

The party, however, is yet to name the candidates who will contest from these seats.

Seats in the list include Mahisadal, Canning Purba, Bhangar, Metiabruz, Panchla, Uluberia Purba, Basirhat Uttar, Ashoknagar, Amdanga, Asansol Uttar, Entally, Madhyamgram and Khanakul.

Party sources said that the ISF has an alliance with the Left Front in these 26 seats.

"The 26 seats are out of the 30 constituencies that we got from the Left Front. Our alliance partners will contest the remaining four seats. We decided to announce the names of the seats so that there is no confusion among our supporters,"
ISF leader Simul Soren told PTI.

Also, by announcing the names of the seats, we have sent a message to our alliance partner Congress, with whom the seat-sharing talks have not been smooth, that we would be contesting from those constituencies so that there is no duplication of alliance candidates, he said.

The Congress and the ISF had last week managed to break the ice between them over seat-sharing but talks are still underway for some constituencies.

Newly floated ISF had initially demanded 15 seats from the Congress, but the grand old party has agreed to give it only eight.

The Left Front has given 30 seats to the ISF from its kitty.

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