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Assam, TN, Kerala, Puducherry Elections 2021 Updates: Assam records nearly 80% turnout till 6 pm; Tamil Nadu lags with 64.92% polling

Assam, TN, Kerala, Puducherry Elections 2021 LIVE Updates: Meanwhile, Kerala recorded 69.93 percent and Puducherry recorded 77.90 percent polling

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Assam, TN, Kerala, Puducherry Elections 2021 Updates: Assam records nearly 80% turnout till 6 pm; Tamil Nadu lags with 64.92% polling

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17:55 (ist)

Kerala Elections 2021 LATEST Updates

Ex-CM VS Achuthanandan unable to cast vote due to medical reasons

Former Kerala chief minister VS Achuthanandan was unable to cast his vote for the first time in the state's Assembly election, Mathrubhumi reported. The single-phased polls got underway in 140 constituencies on Tuesday.

The 97-year-old sitting MLA from Malampuzha in the Palakkad district was at Thiruvananthapuram while he is registered as a voter in the Ambalapuzha Assembly constituency. "Following some technical issues, he and his wife were unable to register for postal voting, and on Tuesday his health was not suitable for the journey back home," the report added.

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Apr 06, 2021 - 19:09 (IST)

Assembly Elections 2021 LATEST Updates

Voter turnout figures as of 7 pm:

Assam: 82.15 percent

Kerala: 69.95 percent

Tamil Nadu: 65.11 percent

Puducherry: 78.03 percent

Apr 06, 2021 - 18:57 (IST)

Tamil Nadu Elections 2021 LATEST Updates

Kanimozhi casts vote in Chennai

DMK MP Kanimozhi cast her vote on Tuesday evening in Chennai, as the single-phased Assembly poll was held across all constituencies in Tamil Nadu. Kanimozhi, who had cancelled her campaign events after testing positive for COVID-19 last week, turned out to vote in PPE gear, The Hindu reported.

Apr 06, 2021 - 18:49 (IST)

Kerala Elections 2021 LATEST Updates

BJP, CPM workers clash in Kazhakootam constituency

Tempers ran high at Kattayikonam in Kazhakootam constituency, a stronghold of the Marxist party in Thiruvananthapuram district, as CPM and BJP workers clashed. Four BJP workers were injured and their car was damaged.

Devaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran, who is the LDF candidate from the constituency, told reporters that the aim of the protestors was to disrupt the voting procedure and alleged that police had acted as "BJP agent".

Three Marxist workers, including the minister's personal staff, have been taken into custody. He said the BJP workers had reached Kattayikonam in two cars and allegedly attacked CPM workers including a ward councillor and that he would file a complaint before the Election Commission and the DGP.

Apr 06, 2021 - 18:18 (IST)

Assembly Elections 2021 LATEST Updates

Voter turnout till 6 pm in Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry:

Assam: 78.94 percent

Kerala: 69.93 percent

Tamil Nadu: 64.92 percent

Puducherry: 77.90 percent

Apr 06, 2021 - 17:55 (IST)

Kerala Elections 2021 LATEST Updates

Ex-CM VS Achuthanandan unable to cast vote due to medical reasons

Former Kerala chief minister VS Achuthanandan was unable to cast his vote for the first time in the state's Assembly election, Mathrubhumi reported. The single-phased polls got underway in 140 constituencies on Tuesday.

The 97-year-old sitting MLA from Malampuzha in the Palakkad district was at Thiruvananthapuram while he is registered as a voter in the Ambalapuzha Assembly constituency. "Following some technical issues, he and his wife were unable to register for postal voting, and on Tuesday his health was not suitable for the journey back home," the report added.

Apr 06, 2021 - 17:36 (IST)

Assam Elections 2021 LATEST Updates

Voters exercise franchise in final phase of polls in Assam

 

Apr 06, 2021 - 17:27 (IST)

Assam Elections 2021 LATEST Updates

Assam deputy Speaker quizzed, 5 policemen suspended for firing on 1 April

Assam Assembly Deputy Speaker Aminul Haque Laskar has been quizzed twice and five police personnel attached to him have been suspended after they
opened fire on public during second phase of polling on 1 April, PTI reported on Tuesday. At least three people were injured in the firing by Laskar's bodyguards on 1 April after clashes broke out between supporters of BJP and AIUDF inside the polling station at 463 Madhya Dhanehori LP School of Sonai constituency.

Police sources said Laskar was interrogated twice for several hours during the last 48 hours and his statements have been recorded in front of a magistrate. Sitting MLA Laskar is having a direct fight with Karim Uddin Barbhuiya of the AIUDF on Sonai seat.

Apr 06, 2021 - 17:11 (IST)

Kerala Elections 2021 LATEST Updates

Kalamassery NDA candidate protests at polling booth, says report

NDA candidate from the Kalamassery constituency staged a sit-in protest at polling booth number 77 on Tuesday, alleging that a person had cast their vote "in another name", Mathrubhumi reported.

"Candidate PS Jayaraj alleged that this was bogus voting and that the polling officers refused to file a complaint with the police. Polling was interrupted for over 30 minutes," the report added.

Apr 06, 2021 - 16:48 (IST)

Tamil Nadu Elections 2021 LATEST Updates

Low polling recorded in southern districts of Tamil Nadu, says report

While Tamil Nadu recorded a polling percentage of 54.05 percent overall till 4 pm, The Hindu reported that the polling in the southern districts of the state crossed the 50 percent-mark only at 3 pm. This includes 10 districts with 58 Assembly constituencies, the report added.

"Polling went on peacefully in the southern districts and there were no untoward incidents. Minor issues, according to the election control room officials were received from political parties/candidates on charges of bribing voters by their rivals. There were complaints of EVMs not working in Natham Constituency, Dindigul district for about an hour. Officials said that the technical snag was set right and the polling commenced at the CSI Primary School (polling station number 258)," the report said.

Apr 06, 2021 - 16:30 (IST)

Assam Elections 2021 LATEST Updates

'Opposition has no face in Assam', claims UPPL chief

"The Opposition has no face in Assam. People are giving their mandate to NDA. UPPL and BJP will win all eight seats of Phase 3 polls," claimed Pramod Boro, Chief Executive Member of the Bodoland Territorial Region.

The third and final phase of the Assam polls got underway on Tuesday. The state recorded 68.31 percent turnout till 4 pm.

Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates: Voter turnout till 6 pm in Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry:
Assam: 78.94 percent

Kerala: 69.93 percent

Tamil Nadu: 64.92 percent

Puducherry: 77.90 percent

NDA candidate from the Kalamassery constituency staged a sit-in protest at polling booth number 77 on Tuesday, alleging that a person had cast their vote "in another name", Mathrubhumi reported.

"Candidate PS Jayaraj alleged that this was bogus voting and that the polling officers refused to file a complaint with the police. Polling was interrupted for over 30 minutes," the report added.

"The Opposition has no face in Assam. People are giving their mandate to NDA. UPPL and BJP will win all eight seats of Phase 3 polls," claimed Pramod Boro, Chief Executive Member of the Bodoland Territorial Region.

The third and final phase of the Assam polls got underway on Tuesday. The state recorded 68.31 percent turnout till 4 pm.

As of 3.01 pm, Assam recorded a voter turnout of 54.08 percent, Kerala of 48.45 percent, Puducherry of 54.27 percent, and Tamil Nadu of 42.14 percent, according to the Election Commission's approximate voter turnout trends.

Forty constituencies are voting in Assam, 140 in Kerala, 234 in Tamil Nadu and 30 in Puducherry on Tuesday (6 April).

While Assam will be seeing its third and last phase of polls, the electorate in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry will be voting in a single-phase election.

Assam

In Assam, 337 candidates, including senior minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, his five cabinet colleagues and BJP state unit president Ranjeet Kumar Dass, are in the fray.

A direct contest between nominees of the BJP-led NDA and Congress-headed Grand Alliance is on the cards in 20 constituencies while there is a triangular fight, including friendly contests, in the remaining seats with the Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) being considered as the third force.

The newly floated AJP is contesting in 22 seats while there are 126 Independents in the fray in the final phase of the election in which the BJP-led coalition is seeking to return to power for the second term in a row.

Polling will begin at 7 am and end at 6 pm, with the timing extended by an hour to ensure that COVID protocols are maintained in the constituencies spread across 12 districts.

There are 25 women candidates contesting in this phase.

The fate of 20 sitting MLAs — eight from the Congress, five from the BJP, three each from the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) and the BPF and one from the AGP — will be decided in the final phase.

The first two phases of the election were held on 27 March and 1 April. Votes will be counted on 2 May.

The BJP is contesting in 20 seats while its allies the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) in nine and the United Peoples Party Liberal in eight, including a friendly contest between the saffron party and the UPPL in Bijni.

The Congress has put up 24 candidates and its partners — the AIUDF in 12, the Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF) in eight and CPI(M) in one. The Congress and the AIUDF are engaged in friendly contests in the five constituencies of Jaleswar, Baghbar, Sarukhetri, Chenga and Barkhetri.

The BJP has severed its ties with its earlier ally, the BPF, and entered into an alliance with the UPPL since the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) polls in December but decided to keep the BPF in the government till the Assembly polls.

Sarma, a powerful minister and the convenor of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), the NDAs version in the region, is locked in a direct contest with Congress candidate Romen Chandra Barthakur in a bid to retain the Jalukbari seat for the fifth consecutive term.

BJP state president Ranjeet Kumar Dass, who earlier represented Sorbhog, is now locked in a triangular contest with the AJP's working president Pabindra Deka and the Congress' Santanu Sarma in Patacharkuchi. The constituency was earlier represented by Deka as an AGP member but he resigned from the party to join the AJP.

Industry Minister Chandramohan Patowary is in a triangular contest with the AJPs Shikhar Kumar Sarma and the Congress Ratul Patowary to retain the Dharmapur seat. Guwahati Development Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya is also locked in a triangular contest to retain Gauhati (East) with the Congress' Ashima Bardoloi, granddaughter of Assams first chief minister Gopinath Bordoloi, and journalist Adip Kumar Phukan of the AJP.

AGP minister Phanibhushan Choudhury, representing Bongaigaon since 1985, is engaged in a triangular fight with the Congress' Sankar Prasad Ray and the AJPs Dipu Choudhury to retain the seat for the eighth time in a row.

BPF minister Pramila Rani Brahma is in a direct contest with Lawrence Islary of the UPPL in Kokrajhar (East) in a bid to retain the seat for the seventh consecutive term. Another BPF minister Chandan Brahma is also locked in a direct contest with his UPPL opponent Joyanta Basumatary in the Sidli constituency.

Independent Kokrajhar Lok Sabha MP Naba Kumar Sarania is in a triangular fight with the BPFs Prabeen Baro and UPPLs Bhupen Baro in the Barama seat.

In the Tamulpur constituency, BPF candidate Rangja Khungur Basumatary withdrew from the contest and joined the BJP during campaigning, making the path easier for UPPL candidate Leho Ram Boro.

Among other prominent candidates in the fray are singer Kalpana Patowary (Sarukhetri) of the AGP, journalists Manjit Mahanta and Hridyananda Gogoi, both from Dispur constituency on Congress and NCP tickets respectively, and Adip Phukan from Gauhati (East) on AJP ticket.

Gauhati (West) has the highest number of 15 candidates while Boko (SC) constituency has the lowest - three. Elections are being held amidst tight security as 320 companies of security forces were deployed in the third phase, the highest among all the phases.

Altogether 79,19,641 voters — 40,11,539 men, 39,07,963 women and 139 of the third gender are entitled to exercise their franchise in 11,401 polling stations.

Dispur constituency has the highest of 4,11,636 voters while Dharmapur has the lowest of 1,41,592 voters. There are 316 all-women polling stations and 149 model polling stations.

Altogether 45,604 polling personnel have been deployed for the phase. A section of them has started on Sunday for their polling stations which are remote.

Voters have been urged to wear masks or they will be provided with one at the polling stations if they are unmasked while COVID mitigation facilities like sanitiser, thermal scanners, soap and handwashing facilities will be a part of Assured Minimum Facilities at each polling station.

The third phase of polling will also involve 33 general observers, nine police observers, 17 expenditure observers and 986 micro-observers.

Tamil Nadu

The stage is set for the polling on 6 April in Tamil Nadu, which will decide whether the AIADMK will win a third term or the DMK will return to power after a decade in opposition.

As many as 3,998 candidates, including Chief Minister K Palaniswami, his deputy O Panneerselvam, DMK President MK Stalin, AMMK founder TTV Dhinakaran, actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan, Naam Tamizhar Katchi leader Seeman and BJP state unit chief L Murugan are in the fray.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress president Rahul Gandhi were among those who campaigned for the respective ruling and Opposition alliances.

Over 6.28 crore eligible voters will choose 234 members of the 3,998 contesting the elections.

The DMK has been in the opposition since 2011 when the AIADMK under Jayalalithaa stormed to power and also retained power in the subsequent elections in 2016.

Kerala

Massive roadshows and long rallies, led by top national and state leaders on Sunday marked the finale of the weeks-long high-octane open campaigning for the 6 April Assembly polls in Kerala.

Despite a ban imposed by the Election Commission on the customary crowded culmination of the open poll campaigning in view of the COVID-19 situation, mass participation of party workers could be seen in the final events in most of the 140 constituencies.

While Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took out a roadshow in northern Kozhikode district and in Nemom in Thiruvananthapuram, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan led a massive one at Dharmadam in Kannur, his home constituency.

Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala also took part in a roadshow at Nedumkandam in the Idukki district.

At Dharmadam, in this Marxist bastion in Kannur, where Vijayan travelled in an open red jeep, waving to his supporters lined up on either side of the road. Mass participation of people carrying red flags, umbrellas and balloons displaying party symbols of a hammer, sickle and star, virtually turned the place into a sea of red.

Puducherry

The usual din and bustle of electioneering were missing in most constituencies in Puducherry, hours before the curtains came down on poll campaign on Sunday.

Puducherry and its outlying regions of Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam go to Assembly polls on 6 April in a single phase. There are 30 Assembly segments including five reserved constituencies.

The election is a keen contest between the Congress-led Secular Democratic alliance and the AINRC-led NDA. The chief contestants are AINRC founder leader N Rangasamy seeking election from Thattanchavady in Puducherry, and the lone seat in Yanam an enclave of Puducherry in Andhra Pradesh.

He has no strong adversary in the hustings in Yanam, poll observers said.

The PCC president A V Subramanian is seeking election from his home town of Karaikal (north).

The AIADMK convenors A Anbalagan and Om Sakthi Segar are testing their luck in Uppalam and Orleanpet segments respectively. Anbalagan has been holding the Uppalam constituency consecutively since 2001.

Om Sakthi Segar who was elected to the Assembly on two occasions in the past from Nellithope has now moved to Orleanth which is new turf for him.

Four former ministers MOHF Shah Jahan, M Kandasamy and R Kamalakannan are contesting from Kamaraj Nagar, Embalam (reserved) and Tirunallar respectively.

The AINRC is seeking election from 16 seats after sharing the remaining 14 seats with BJP (nine) and AIADMK (four). Similarly, the Congress is contesting in 14 seats and supporting an Independent in Yanam while its allies the DMK is seeking election from 13 seats.

VCK and CPI constituents of the alliance led by Congress are wooing voters in Oulgaret and Thattanchavady constituencies respectively.

With inputs from PTI

Assam TN Kerala Puducherry Elections 2021 Updates Assam records nearly 80 turnout till 6 pm Tamil Nadu lags with 6492 polling

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