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Assembly Election 2021 Updates: Mamata in Nandigram dares BJP to play 'Hindu' card; RJD joins Congress in Assam

Assembly Election 2021 Updates: The West Bengal chief minister slammed the saffron party for playing the communal card ahead of Bengal Assembly elections, and said that there is no one as devout a Hindu as herself.

FP Staff March 09, 2021 20:55:47 IST
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Assembly Election 2021 Updates: Mamata in Nandigram dares BJP to play 'Hindu' card; RJD joins Congress in Assam

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13:05 (ist)

BJP releases list of star campaigners in Assam 

Ahead of the three-phased Assam Assembly elections, the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) on Monday released the list of star campaigners. The ruling party's list includes consists of 20 ministers, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP National President JP Nadda, among others.

The Assam polls will be held in three phases on 27 March, 1 and 6 April. The counting of votes will take place on 2 May.

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Mar 09, 2021 - 20:42 (IST)

BJP's victory margin in Assam will exceed poll, TV surveys: Jitendra Singh

 Union minister Jitendra Singh on Tuesday said the BJP will return to power in Assam with a decisive mandate and the victory margin will exceed the poll and TV survey projections. Speaking to reporters after a public rally following the filing of nomination papers by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal from Majuli, Singh said it is a matter of great satisfaction that the BJP was approaching the polls with pro-incumbency factor, often not the case with ruling parties in the state.
Majuli goes to the polls in the first phase on 27 March .
 
Singh said the people of Assam could not get the full benefits of central schemes or the centrally funded projects earlier because of the non-cooperative UPA government here. But soon after the government changed in 2016, there was a revolutionary transformation in the state overnight. "The BJP's victory margin in Assam will exceed poll, TV surveys. The party will return to power for a second consecutive term in Assam with a decisive and a much higher mandate," said Singh, the Minister of State for Personnel. He is also the BJP's Assam state co-incharge.
 
PTI

Mar 09, 2021 - 20:39 (IST)

Postal ballots being used as mode for proxy voting, alleges West Bengal BJP

The West Bengal BJP has written to West Bengal Chief Secretary claiming that "attempts being made to use postal ballot as a mode to ensure proxy votes in favour of the ruling party", reports news agency ANI.

Mar 09, 2021 - 20:28 (IST)

Plea in SC seeks direction to Centre to not open any further window for sale of electoral bonds

 A plea was Tuesday filed in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the Centre and others to not open any further window for sale of electoral bonds during the pendency of a case pertaining to funding of political parties and alleged lack of transparency in their accounts. The application filed by an NGO in the pending petition has claimed that there is a serious apprehension that any further sale of electoral bonds before the upcoming Assembly elections, including in West Bengal and Assam, would further increase illegal and illicit funding of political parties through shell companies.

It alleged that as per data on electoral bonds declared by political parties in their audit reports for 2017-18 and 2018-19, the ruling party had received more than 60 percent of the total electoral bonds issued till date. While seeking a direction to the Centre not to allow any further sale of electoral bonds during the pendency of matter, the application claimed that so far more than Rs 6,500 crores worth of electoral bonds have been sold with the majority of donations going to the ruling party.
 
 PTI

Mar 09, 2021 - 20:21 (IST)

Kamal Haasan invites DMDK to join alliance

Hours after the DMDK walked out of the alliance with the AIADMK, Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan invited the DMDK to the front led by him and welcomed other like minded parties as well. The alliance led by him, "is not the third but the first front," he said.

PTI

Mar 09, 2021 - 20:15 (IST)

Plea in SC seeks direction to Centre to not open any further window for sale of electoral bonds

A plea was Tuesday filed in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the Centre and others to not open any further window for sale of electoral bonds during the pendency of a case pertaining to funding of political parties and alleged lack of transparency in their accounts, reports PTI

The application filed by 'Association for Democratic Reforms', an NGO, in the pending petition has claimed that there is a serious apprehension that any further sale of electoral bonds before the upcoming Assembly elections would further increase illegal and illicit funding of political parties through shell companies, said the application filed through advocate Prashant Bhushan.

Mar 09, 2021 - 19:57 (IST)

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee visits Shamshabad Mazar in Nandigram

Mar 09, 2021 - 19:41 (IST)

Watch: Mamata Banerjee serves tea at stall in Nandigram

Mar 09, 2021 - 19:22 (IST)

RJD joins 'Grand Alliance' in Assam

The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) said that it has joined the Opposition Congress-led 'Grand Alliance' in Assam and will contest one seat during the first phase of the assembly election. With this, the number of constituents in the Grand Alliance has gone up to eight. RJD Assam president Shonarul Shah Mustafa told news agency PTI that the party has formally joined the opposition grouping and it will contest the Tinsukia constituency which will go topolls during the first phase on27 March .  "Now talks are on between central leaders of the RJD and the Congress to finalise the seat-sharing agreement for the second and third phase of polling," he said.

PTI

Mar 09, 2021 - 18:47 (IST)

ITBP carries out confidence buidling march in Kolkata

Mar 09, 2021 - 18:26 (IST)

TMC to retain power in Wet Bengal, predicts Times Now C Voter opinion poll

Times Now C Voter Opinion poll has predicted that ruling All India Trinamool Congress Party may retain power in West Bengal but BJP will make huge gains. The TMC could get around 154 of the state’s 294 seats, six more than the majority mark of 147 and down from 211 that the party won in 2016. The BJP, meanwhile, is expected to make major gains and may secure 107 seats – a massive gain from its current tally of three – the opinion poll said. The Left-Congress-led alliance could get around 33 seats, as per the survey results.

It is important to note thatpre-poll opinion surveys try to predict the actual result on the basis of the information collected from voters but often miss the mark. The actual results of the elections may vay from the predictions.

Assembly Election 2021 Updates: Mamata Banerjee, addressing a rally in Nandigram today, dared the BJP to play the "Hindu" card with her. "Khela hobe?" asked Mamata as the crowd responded with gutso. The West Bengal chief minister slammed the saffron party for playing the communal card ahead of Bengal Assembly elections, and said that there is no one as devout a Hindu as herself.

Meanwhile, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) said that it has joined the Opposition Congress-led 'Grand Alliance' in Assam and will contest one seat during the first phase of the Assembly election.

ITBP jawans carried out Flag March and patrolling with local police in the area of Golpark, Jadhavpur area under Rabindra Sarobar PS and at Rajarhat area, Kolkata for instilling confidence among the local population for forthcoming West Bengal Assembly Elections

Times Now C Voter opinion poll has predicted that ruling All India Trinamool Congress Party may retain power in West Bengal but BJP will make huge gains. The TMC could get around 154 of the state’s 294 seats, six more than the majority mark of 147 and down from 211 that the party won in 2016. The BJP, meanwhile, is expected to make major gains and may secure 107 seats – a massive gain from its current tally of three – the opinion poll said.

Communist Party of India, part of Left Democratic Front, will contest in 25 seats in Kerala, said CPI state secretary Kanam Rajendran. Rajendram said that a list of 21 candidates has been released and a list of four candidates will be released later.

Congress fields Samir Roy from West Bengal's Pingla, Balaram Mahato from Kashipur.The party said Reeta Sharma will be the candidate from Kharagpur Sadar in place of Samir Roy

People of Nandigram will make BJP 'April fool' on 1 April when polling is held, says Mamata Banerjee at a rally.

Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram took the BJP head on over the Hindu-Muslim debate. "Are you a good Hindu? Are you sure you are good Hindu? Ask that yourself before asking me and other Bengalis and before spreading that hate," said the chief minister .

At a rally in Nandigram, Mamata Banerjee chanted the famous 'Chandi Paath' and dared the saffron party to play the "Hindu" card. "I can recite all Hindu prayers, I will teach you how to become a good Hindu. Khela hobe? (will you play)," she said.

West Bengal chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee has reached Nandigram, reports News18. Banerjee will file her nomination papers for the constituency tomorrow.

The BJP led NDA will face a close contest from the Opposition alliance but win the Assam Assembly polls, with a thin margin, the Times Now C Voter opinion poll has predicted. The opinion poll has projected 67 seats for the ruling NDA and 57 for the Congress-led UPA in the 126 member Assembly.

Assam broke all previous records in seizures of cash, liquor, drugs and other goods in the run-up to the Assembly polls with various agencies already confiscating over Rs 18 crore worth of items and arresting around 110 people in the last 11 days, officials said on Tuesday.

Former Puducherry chief minister N Rangasamy's NR Congress finalises tie up with BJP, said reports. The AINRC will contest 16 seats while the  BJP and AIADMK will fight on 14 seats and Rangasamy will head the alliance.

Actor-turned-politician Vijayakanth's Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) exits AIADMK-BJP alliance, said reports.

Vijayakant said in a statement, “In the upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly elections 2021, DMDK held talks with AIADMK in three sittings. The AIADMK refused to allot the requested numbers of the seats and the demanded seats. So as the negotiations did not reach a desired conclusion and since all of DMDK district secretaries reached a decision, DMDK has decided to quit AIADMK and BJP alliance from March 9.”

The ruling party's list includes consists of 20 ministers, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP National President JP Nadda, among others.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected petition filed by advocate ML Sharma challenging Election Commission's decision to hold Assembly polls in eight phases in West Bengal.

Haasan said the party left the remaining 80 seats for its two alliance partners – All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi (AISMK) and Indhiya Jananayaga Katchi – who will contest on 40 seats each.

A day after Amit Shah threw questions at him, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday made a scathing counterattack, calling Shah the "embodiment of communalism", who is "ready to do anything to nurture communalism".

The DMK-Congress alliance will wrest Tamil Nadu from AIADMK, predicted an opinion poll released by Times Now-CVoter for the five poll-bound states.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will file her nomination papers from the Nandigram seat on 10 March, while her rival and BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari will do the same two days later, as the stage is set for the Battle Royale in the constituency.

After the release of the party manifesto on Tuesday, the Trinamool Congress supremo would leave for Nandigram in the evening and file her nomination papers the next day, party sources said.

She would then attend a workers' meet and return to Kolkata on 11 March.

Adhikari, whose name was announced as the BJP candidate from the seat on Saturday, will file the nomination on 12 March.

"After filing nomination papers, he will address a rally there," BJP leader Kanishka Panda said.

Nandigram, the cradle of the anti-land acquisition movement that catapulted Mamata to power in 2011, will witness her once protege Suvendu Adhikari taking on her on 1 April, in the second of the eight phases of polling.

For 50-year-old Adhikari, the contest in Nandigram will be a fight for his political survival as he had vowed to defeat Mamata by over 50,000 votes in the seat or quit politics.

Adhikari won the Nandigram seat in the 2016 Assembly election, while another TMC candidate emerged victorious from
the constituency in 2011.

The former minister had quit the TMC and resigned from the Assembly last year to join the BJP after having differences with the state's ruling party.

On the other hand, Mamata will contest the Nandigram seat for the first time after relinquishing the Bhowanipore constituency in Kolkata, from where she had won twice. The TMC supremo has rented a house in Nandigram and will campaign from there.

Elections in Bengal, poised to be a stiff contest between the TMC and the BJP, will be held in eight phases between 27 March and 29 April. Votes will be counted on 2 May.

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