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Assam Assembly Election 2021 Updates: Sarbananda Sonowal, Ripun Bora, Akhil Gogoi among key candidates in fray tomorrow

Assembly Election 2021 LIVE Updates: The Assam chief minister will be fighting the polls from the Majuli Assembly seat, while Bora is the Congress' candidate for the Gohpur constituency

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Assam Assembly Election 2021 Updates: Sarbananda Sonowal, Ripun Bora, Akhil Gogoi among key candidates in fray tomorrow

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Mar 26, 2021 - 21:16 (IST)

Tamil Nadu Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

'Reject corrupt, dynastic DMK, Congress': JP Nadda in Tamil Nadu

BJP chief JP Nadda on Friday touched on topics like Tamil language and culture, including the 'Jallikattu' sport, fisheries and interests of Sri Lankan Tamils. In his rallies in the run up to the 6 April Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, he aligned his campaign line with that of the ruling AIADMK, which has been relentlessly targeting the DMK, accusing it of "dynastic" politics and corruption.

Nadda targeted DMK and its partner Congress over charges of corruption and family politics and urged the electorate to reject them and also targeted them on Jallikattu. Also, he harped on a 'long leap' forward for the state in development, which would be propelled by his party-led government at the Centre and ally, the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu.

Mar 26, 2021 - 20:15 (IST)

Assam Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Sarbananda Sonowal in fray in first phase of polls tomorrow

In Assam, among others,  Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Speaker Hitendranath Goswami, and Assam state Congress chief Ripun Borah besides several cabinet ministers from the ruling BJP and Asom Gana Parishad, will be in the fray in 47 of the state's 126 Assembly seats.

Most of these seats will likely witness triangular contest between the ruling BJP-AGP alliance, the Congress-led Opposition Grand Alliance and the newly-formed Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP).

Mar 26, 2021 - 19:46 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

BJP trying to 'throttle democracy', says Mamata Banerjee in Paschim Medinipur

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday mocked Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying his growing beard is inversely proportional to the state of the economy  in the country. Banerjee, who was addressing poll rallies in Paschim Medinipur district,  also accused  BJP of being the "biggest fraud party" of the country.

The TMC supremo, who is contesting election from the high profile Nandigram seat in Purba Medinipur district, said she will remain put there till the end of polling in the constituency on 1 April, as there are "chances that BJP has plans to loot  votes by using goons from other states" and cautioned TMC workers in the state against complacency.

"The Indian economy has gone for a toss. There is no industrial growth. There is no growth except for the beard of Narendra Modiji. At times he dresses like Rabindranath Tagore and at time likes Mahatma Gandhi," she said mocking the prime minister.

Mar 26, 2021 - 19:32 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Preparation underway for Bengal polls tomorrow

Mar 26, 2021 - 19:10 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Bengal polls: 26% candidates contesting in phase 3 polls declared criminal cases against themselves

Twenty-six percent of the 205 candidates contesting in the third phase of the West Bengal Assembly polls this year have declared criminal cases against themselves, says a report by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). The West Bengal Election Watch and the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of all the 205 candidates who are contesting in the polls to be held on 29 April.

"Out of 205 candidates analysed, 53 (26 percent) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves and 43 (21 percent) have declared serious criminal cases against themselves," the report said.

Among the major parties, 19 (61 percent) out of 31 candidates analysed from the BJP, eight (62 percent) out of 13 candidates analysed from the CPM, three (43 percent) out of seven candidates analysed from the Congress, 11 (36 percent) out of 31 candidates analysed from the AITC and two (11 percent) out of 18 candidates analysed from the SUCI(C) have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

Mar 26, 2021 - 18:30 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

'Hooliganism has increased in West Bengal', claims Dharmendra Pradhan

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday said, "I met EC's observer and police observer because we are concerned about the conduct of the local police. Despite our repeated pleas, hooliganism has increased here. Today our leader Suvendu Adhikari was scheduled to visit Kenda Mari."

"Hooliganism has increased here at behest of history sheeter, Sheikh Sufian, Abu Tahir, Sheikh Shahabuddin and Babul Akhtar. I met the observer regarding this. I've requested him for prompt police action and that such goons be monitored and taken into custody," he also claimed.

Mar 26, 2021 - 18:10 (IST)

Kerala Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Congress alleges voters' list 'fraud' in Kerala, moves EC

The Congress on Friday alleged that the LDF government in Kerala was committing electoral "fraud" in cahoots with the state election machinery by enrolling bogus voters, and moved the Election Commission seeking corrective measures for ensuring "free and fair" polls. Kerala goes to polls on 6 April.

A delegation of Congress leaders met with the election commissioners in the Central Election Commission and alleged that the Pinarayi Vijayan-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) government was "committing a fraud" in collusion with officials of the state election machinery by inducting "dubious voters, double voters and voters with fraudulent identities".

Addressing the media over the Congress delegation's meeting with the EC officials, party chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the delegation pointed out three particular instances of fraud — same voter registered in different booths;  person's name, father's name and photograph being same but registered as a voter in different assembly constituencies; and photograph of voter remaining same but the name changing in different IDs. 

Mar 26, 2021 - 17:58 (IST)

Kerala Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Congress running 'UDF Correction Campaign': Rahul Gandhi

Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who began his second leg of campaign for the 6 April Assembly polls, on Friday campaigned in the Palakkad district of the state. He is on a two-day visit to the state and will address meetings in Palakkad and Malappuram districts.

Mar 26, 2021 - 17:50 (IST)

Assam Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Amit Shah addresses 4th poll rally in Assam's Cachar

Mar 26, 2021 - 17:38 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

TMC writes to EC again, claiming Suvendu Adhikari 'harbouring criminals'

The TMC on Friday wrote to the Chief Electoral Officer of West Bengal over two issues, ahead of the first phase of the Assembly election in the state on Saturday.

Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates: The Congress on Friday alleged that the LDF government in Kerala was committing electoral "fraud" in cahoots with the state election machinery by enrolling bogus voters, and moved the Election Commission seeking corrective measures for ensuring "free and fair" polls. Kerala goes to polls on 6 April.

A delegation of Congress leaders met with the election commissioners in the Central Election Commission and alleged that the Pinarayi Vijayan-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) government was "committing a fraud" in collusion with officials of the state election machinery by inducting "dubious voters, double voters and voters with fraudulent identities".

Addressing the media over the Congress delegation's meeting with the EC officials, party chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the delegation pointed out three particular instances of fraud — same voter registered in different booths; person's name, father's name and photograph being same but registered as a voter in different assembly constituencies; and photograph of voter remaining same but the name changing in different IDs.

The TMC on Friday wrote to the Chief Electoral Officer of West Bengal over two issues, ahead of the first phase of the Assembly election in the state on Saturday.

Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who began his second leg of campaign for the 6 April Assembly polls, attacked the Central and the LDF governments over the "weak" economic condition.

"The economic condition of the country and the state are weak and have become worse due to demonetisation and flawed GST. Both the governments have failed to revive the economy," he said, at an election meeting in Palakkad.

The Congress leader arrived from Coimbatore on a two-day visit and will be addressing meetings in Palakkad and Malappuram districts.

Addressing a rally in Kamrup, Shah on Friday said that the BJP will bring laws against 'love jihad' and 'land jihad in Assam if voted to power.

Amit Shah slammed the Congress on Friday for bringing "separatism and terrorism" in Assam during UPA regime. "In contrary, over 2,000 insurgents have welcomed peace and given up arms recently under the BJP govt to join the mainstream," said Shah.

Elections to the 294-member Assembly will be held in eight phases starting from Saturday with the final round of voting taking place on 29 April.

The decision came based on the Election Commission's argument that it approves of the instrument since without it political parties will deal in hard cash. The poll panel, however, said it is keen on bringing in more transparency into the transactions involving the bonds.

The TMC MP also accused Narendra Modi of using his prime ministerial position in Bangladesh to further BJP's chances of winning the West Bengal Assembly polls.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Union Ministers Arjun Ram Meghwal and Giriraj Singh officially unveiled the party’s manifesto in Puducherry.

The Election Commission opposed stay of electoral bonds. The ECI said they are not opposed to electoral bonds, but want more transparency.

Announced in the 2017 Union Budget, electoral bonds are interest-free bearer instruments used to donate money anonymously to political parties.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will hold four public rallies in Assam on Friday. He will be campaigning in Kamalpur, Jagiroad, Patharkandi and Silchar.

BJP president JP Nadda will be campaigning in Tamil Nadu on Friday. He will be attending two public meetings in Tittakudi and Thiruvaiyaru and hold a road show at Harbour at 4.15 pm.

Accusing chief minister Mamata Banerjee of "taking back Bengal to the 19th century, with no development work undertaken in the past 10 years", Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said the TMC dispensation, just like its predecessor, the Left Front, has wronged the people of the state.

Singh, who addressed a series of public meetings in Purulia, Bankura and South 24 Parganas districts, took a dig at the TMC's khela hobe game will be played slogan, and said Bengal, now on, will witness only work and development.

Alleging that the TMC supremo delivers speeches encouraging acts of violence and aggression, the union minister said, "Unke bhashan mein bhi hingsha hote hai... woh kehti hai ke isko mar bhagao, usko bartan se pit pit kar bhagao (During her speeches, she talks of violence... she asks people to beat up and oust a few, hit others with utensils)."

He wondered if the chief minister "seeks to divide the country" by repeatedly terming people who have come from other
states as outsiders.

Stressing that the Bharatiya Jan Sangh, which later became the BJP, was established by Syama Prasad Mookerjee - a son of Bengal - Singh said, "Will any brother from this state be considered an outsider in Uttar Pradesh? All people born on
the soil of India are brothers to each other."

Claiming that the TMC dispensation has done nothing for the people of Bengal, Singh said, "How is it possible that those belonging to one party (BJP) are outsiders, while you, having ruined Bengal, are an insider? The chief minister, instead of
undertaking development work, makes thoughtless remarks.

"Neither 'Maa nor mati or manush' (mother, motherland, and people) feel safe in the state."

Maa, Mati, manush is another slogan that was coined by the TMC during 2009 general election.

Singh further accused Mamata of not fulfilling her promise of putting an end to water crisis in Purulia.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his part, has promised piped water availability in every household of the country by the end of 2024," the defence minister stated.

Drawing parallels between the BJP and former India cricket captain Saurav Ganguly, he said just like the stylish southpaw, who hit a sixer whenever he stepped out of the crease, people have placed the saffron party across the crease during the Lok Sabha polls by giving it 18 seats in West Bengal. No one can now stop us from hitting a sixer," he said.

Maintaining that the BJP government at the Centre has never discriminated against the people of the state, as often alleged by the TMC, the senior saffron party leader said, "The Congress-led UPA government at the Centre had given Rs 1.32 lakh crore to Bengal under the 13th Finance Commission, while the Modi government allotted Rs 4.48 lakh crore to the state
under the 14th Finance Commission."

Noting that more than 150 saffron camp workers have been killed in West Bengal, the senir BJP leader said that it is the responsibility of the state's chief minister to ensure the safety and security of its people, no matter which party they bore allegiance to.

"Bomb-making factories are openly being run in Bengal. If the same had happened in Uttar Pradesh (of which he was once the chief minister), the matter would have been dealt with sternly. The BJP, if allowed to form government in Bengal, will make security arrangements not just for saffron camp workers, but also those belonging to the Congress, Left and the TMC," he said, exuding confidence that his party will bag more than 200 seats in the state.

Emphasising that the BJP is not a party that creates enmity between people, he said, the TMC supremo has been trying to divide the people of Bengal on religious lines.

"The BJP will not practice discrimination on the basis of religion. It would rather punish anyone creating trouble or
indulging in such crimes. Now no one will be able to stop Durga Puja celebrations or Saraswati Puja in Bengal," he said.

Controversy had erupted in 2017 at a school in Tehatta, Nadia district, over celebration of Saraswati puja, with one section of students apparently trying to stop another group from observing the festival.

In that very year, the West Bengal government had imposed curbs on Durga idol immersion, as the occasion coincided with Muharram, but the high court later eased the restrictions.

Insisting that the country has become stronger under the Narendra Modi dispensation, the Defence Minister said that the Indian Army "stood firm" during a face-off with China in Ladakh, referring to the incursions by the Chinese PLA and the
disengagement of the armies thereafter.

He also said that the country has taught Pakistan a lesson with airstrikes on terror bases to eliminate ultras, following attacks in Uri and Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Modiji has a 56-inch chest. If you want to see a strong India, you have to bring the BJP government to power in Bengal as well," he said.

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