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Tamil Nadu Assembly Election 2021 Updates: Madras HC rejects plea to shut state-run liquor shops till polling day

Assembly Election 2021 LIVE Updates: The High Court said that a blanket direction cannot be issued, adding that people 'can very well abstain from alcohol' to make the right decision about who to vote for

FP Staff March 25, 2021 21:48:23 IST
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Tamil Nadu Assembly Election 2021 Updates: Madras HC rejects plea to shut state-run liquor shops till polling day

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Mar 25, 2021 - 21:28 (IST)

Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Prohibit use of children in any form during election campaign: NCPCR to poll authorities

The apex child rights body NCPCR has asked poll authorities to prohibit use of children in election campaign in any form, taking "serious view" of minors being engaged in various activities such as sloganeering and circulation of pamphlets in violation of their rights.

 In an advisory to the poll authorities in West Bengal, Puducherry, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Kerala on Thursday, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) said it has received numerous complaints about usage of children during election campaigns in multifarious activities, which are in derogation and violation of rights of children.

"After perusing such complaints, the commission has observed that during elections children are being used for sloganeering, circulation of pamphlets, election campaigns, etc. The Commission, accordingly, has taken serious view on usage of children in such activities and has taken cognizance upon these complaints in the past for seeking action in these matters," according to the advisory.

Mar 25, 2021 - 20:57 (IST)

Tamil Nadu Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Items worth Rs 87.96 crore seized so far ahead of Assam polls

In a record seizure of cash, liquor, narcotics and jewellery in the run-up to the Assembly election in Assam, various agencies have confiscated items worth Rs 87.96 crore since election dates were announced on 26 February, Chief Electoral Officer Nitin Khade said on Thursday.

Unaccounted cash valued at Rs 21.18 crore and 13.24 lakh litres of liquor worth Rs 24.53 crore have been seized so far, Khade said at a press conference. Enforcement and regulatory authorities have also confiscated precious metals worth Rs 2.82 crore, drugs with a market value of Rs 31.99 crore and freebies such as cigarettes and black pepper amounting to Rs 7.42 crore.

Mar 25, 2021 - 20:25 (IST)

Tamil Nadu Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Madras HC rejects plea to close state-run liquor shops till 6 April

The Madras High Court on Thursday dismissed a plea seeking a direction to the Tamil Nadu government to close all TASMAC liquor shops till 6 April, when Assembly elections will be held in the state, to enable voters choose the right candidate without the influence of alcohol.

"The petitioner and similar-minded people can very well abstain themselves from consuming intoxicant materials to take the right decision," the first bench of the court said while dismissing the plea of advocate AP Sooriyaprakasam of Royapettah. A blanket direction cannot be issued in this regard, the bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy said.

Mar 25, 2021 - 20:05 (IST)

Kerala Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Rahul Gandhi's Kerala campaign itinerary for tomorrow:

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's campaign schedule for the Kerala Assembly polls is as follows, according to The Indian Express.

11:15 hrs: Reception Meeting at Palakkad, Assembly: Palakkad, Malampuzha and Chittur
14:30 hrs: Corner Meeting at Koottanad, Kerala, Assembly: Thrithala, District Palakkad
15:45 hrs: Corner Meeting at Ponnani, Assembly Ponnani, District Malappuram
17:00 hrs: Corner Meeting at Perinthalmanna, District Malappuram

Mar 25, 2021 - 19:50 (IST)

Kerala Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Kerala Congress moves HC to prevent 'bogus voters' from voting

Senior Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala on Thursday moved the Kerala High Court seeking to restrain "fake and multiple entry voters" from participating in
the 6 April polls to the state legislative Assembly. Contending that a scrutiny of electoral roll would prove that more than 4,34,042 fake and multiple entry votes are spread over 131 Assembly constituencies in the state, Chennithala, in his plea, sought to initiate criminal action against those responsible for such entries.

The Congress leader, who is also the Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly, submitted that he was "highly aggrieved by the gross lethargy and inaction" of the poll panel in not taking action in pursuance of letters sent to them in rectifying the large double and bogus votes in the electoral roll published for the election to the Assembly.

Mar 25, 2021 - 19:30 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Campaigning for first phase of Assam polls ends

The high-pitched campaign for the first phase of poll in Assam in 47 Assembly constituencies slated for 27 March came to an end on Thursday evening. The poll on Saturday will decide the fate of 247 candidates.

"Implementation of the Citizenship Amednment Act, 2019 was the central issue in the state, which was rocked by violence and protests against it, but BJP, which had steered the Central legislation in Parliament maintained a studied silence on it. The issue did not find place in the campaigning by the party nor in its manifesto," PTI reported.

Mar 25, 2021 - 19:12 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Yogi Adityanath claims Mamata Banerjee 'not interested' in Bengal's development

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday lashed out at his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee, alleging that she is not interested in her state's development and only wants to promote goons and extortionists.

He claimed the countdown to the end of the TMC rule in West Bengal has begun and the BJP will form the government in the state after 35 days to usher in a new era of development and progress.

"West Bengal was once an advanced and progressive state. But the Congress, the Left Front and then the TMC stunted the industrial growth of the state and corruption blossomed," he said, while addressing a rally in Sagar Assembly constituency in South 24 Parganas district.

Mar 25, 2021 - 19:05 (IST)

Kerala Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

D Raja accuses Centre of 'making false promises'

CPI general secretary D Raja on Thursday alleged the BJP-led Centre keeps on giving false promises and was destroying the federal system of governance. Raja, who is in Kerala to campaign for the Assembly polls, also attacked the Congress-led United Democratic Front in the state and claimed it had failed to fulfill its last term's election manifesto.

"The BJP-led government at the Centre is destroying the federal system of governance and is snatching away all the political and financial powers of the state government. Now they are giving false promises. What about the promises given by Prime Minister Modi last year, that he will confiscate black money and (create) two crores jobs per year.What happened to those promises," Raja asked.

Mar 25, 2021 - 18:50 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Amit Shah accuses TMC 'goons' of siphoning relief funds for Amphan, Bulbul cyclones  

"TMC goons siphoned off money from relief funds for Amphan, Bulbul and floods. All such goons will be sent behind bars after we form the government. The sand mafia, water tanker mafia, recruitment mafia and cow traffickers will also be sent behind bars after 2nd May," the Union Home Minister added.

The campaigning for the first phase of the election in West Bengal will end on Thursday. The first phase is scheduled for 27 March.

Mar 25, 2021 - 18:43 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Even if EC transfers all Bengal officers, TMC's win can't be prevented: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday accused the BJP of "interfering" in the Election Commission's functioning, and said, "I am telling you (EC) transfer all (officials). That will not prevent our victory Because people are with us."

The chief minister said while she has "great respect for EC," she would like to question  the poll panel "why police forces are under the control of Centre during Lok Sabha and Assembly polls. Why not under EC?"

Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates: The high-pitched campaign for the first phase of poll in Assam in 47 Assembly constituencies slated for 27 March came to an end on Thursday evening. The poll on Saturday will decide the fate of 247 candidates.

"Implementation of the Citizenship Amednment Act, 2019 was the central issue in the state, which was rocked by violence and protests against it, but BJP, which had steered the Central legislation in Parliament maintained a studied silence on it. The issue did not find place in the campaigning by the party nor in its manifesto," PTI reported.

The campaigning for the first phase of the election in West Bengal will end on Thursday. The first phase is scheduled for 27 March.

"TMC goons siphoned off money from relief funds for Amphan, Bulbul and floods. All such goons will be sent behind bars after we form the government. The sand mafia, water tanker mafia, recruitment mafia and cow traffickers will also be sent behind bars after 2nd May," the Union Home Minister added.

BJP's Pandabeswar candidate Jitendra Tiwari was issued a show-cause notice by the Election Commission for promising voters a free trip to the temple of Lord Ram in Ayodhya if elected, officials said on Thursday. Tiwari made the promise in two events — once while speaking at a public meeting in Haripur on 21 March, and then at a party meeting, they said.

The Trinamool Congress lodged a complaint with the EC on 22 March over the issue. In his reply to the EC notice, Tiwari said that he was unaware that making such a promise would violate the model code of conduct. He also apologised to the EC for "being ignorant".

Appealing to the voters to exercise their franchise in favour of jailed anti-CAA movement leader Akhil Gogoi, social activist Medha Patkar on Thursday claimed that people's democratic rights will be curtailed if the BJP returns to power in Assam.

The Narmada Bachao Andolan leader alleged that the saffron party is working only for big industrialists and not for commoners. "This Assembly election is a fight between those selling farmers' lands and those protecting them. Akhil Gogoi is fighting for land rights of poor farmers in Assam," she told reporters.

Once again accusing the BJP of interfering in the functioning of the Election Commission (EC), West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at a rally in Danton, said that even if EC transfers all the state officers, TMC's victory cannot be prevented.

  "TMC's rule led to corruption, poverty and anarchy. For 10 years, TMC didn't do anything. Mamata Didi (West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee) didn't let any industry settle, those already there were shut with only TMC goons' business prospering," alleged Adityanath.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, in a dig at West Bengal Cheif Minister Mamta Banerjee, says, "No one is scared of your ;Khela Hobe', Didi." Shah urges people to vote for the BJP saying, "I assure you that Didi's goons won't be able to harm you,".

The union minister accused Mamata Banerjee of bringing unemployment to state and called the TMC government 'incompetent.

Without naming any party or any person, Mamata also claimed at an election rally in South 24 Parganas district the founder of that outfit receives money from the BJP.

The poll campaigning across states is in full swing with the BJP looking to retain its hold in Assam and wrest power from the TMC in West Bengal.

Sharad Pawar will be on a three-day visit to West Bengal from 1 April to hold various rallies, press conferences and meet Mamata Banerjee, said NCP spokesperson Mahesh Tapase.

The actor turned politician will begin election campaign for the BJP on Thursday. He is expected to hold three roadshows in three districts.

According to NDTV, Chakraborty will begin his first roadshow at Saltora in Bankura district. He will then continue roadshows in Jhargram and Keshiari.

The poll campaigning across states is in full swing with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) looking to retain its hold in Assam and wrest power from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal.

In Bengal, the BJP aims to get a majority of over 200 seats while Mamata Banerjee, who leads the TMC, is also confident of nabbing third straight term.

With "insider- outsider" narrative dominating polls in Bengal, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee Wednesday said her party consider only those "pan masala-chewing, tilak-sporting" people sent from states like Uttar Pradesh "to foment trouble" before elections in West Bengal as outsider goons.

Those who originally hailed from other parts of India but have been living in the state for ages can't be called outsiders, she said. The TMC has been describing the BJP as "a party of outsiders" as a strategy in the West Bengal Assembly election.

"Why should we label those living here for ages as outsiders? They are an integral part of our state," Mamata, also the chief minister of West Bengal, told election rallies held in Bankura district.

"We consider only those pan masala-chewing, tilak- sporting people sent from states like Uttar Pradesh to foment trouble in West Bengal before elections as outsider goons. We will continue to call them as such," she said.

She asked women living in rural areas to be wary of "outsider goons" and chase them away with brooms and kitchen utensils if they lay siege to village roads.

The saffron party has severely criticised Mamata for calling their leaders coming to Bengal from other states as outsiders.

Addressing an election rally in Kanthi in the Purba Medinipur district during the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Bengal was the land of icons like Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Rabindranath Tagore and Subhas Chandra Bose and on this land, no Indian was an outsider.

Bengal brought together the people of India through Vande Mataram, and on that land, Mamata-didi is talking about "bohiragoto" (outsider). No Indian is an outsider here, they are the children of Bharat Mata," Modi said.

Lashing out at Modi, Mamata said, "I have great respect for the PM's chair, but I am sorry to say that Modi is a big liar. What happened to Modi's promise of crediting Rs 15 lakh to everyone's bank accounts? Why should an LPG cylinder cost Rs 900? Why is kerosene scarce? What is the fate of the Ujjwala scheme?" she said at a rally in Bishnupur.

Under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Scheme, LPG connections are provided to BPL people at a concessional rate. However, questions are being raised about its utility as the price of cooking gas cylinders has been increased manifold in recent times.

"Why are Modi and (Union Home Minister) Amit Shah silent even as farmers are agitating out in the open for months? Why are iron nails being laid out at the farmers' protest site? Is Modi concerned only about a large industrial group and not agriculturists?" the TMC chief said.

Claiming that the Centre's "Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao" scheme for ensuring survival and education of the girl child has been a non-starter, Mamata said, "I deliver what I promise but Modi fails to keep his promises."

To back her claim, she named several schemes that the state government has implemented. On the BJP's promise of implementing the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations for state government employees if voted to power in West Bengal, she said, "First answer why the PSUs are being closed down and at whose behest? You are rendering lakhs of people unemployed. People don't trust you."

Around 10,000 government teachers had lost their employment in Tripura and the BJP had promised before the Assembly election there to give their jobs back, she said adding that the party did not fulfil the promise after coming to power.

She also alleged that the Centre and not the Election Commission is deploying police forces for the polls and police personnel are coming to West Bengal from BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh.

"Why should be police forces in poll-bound states be under them (BJP)?" she said at a poll meeting in Onda.

She asked voters, "particularly the minorities", to be aware of the alleged plot of the CPM and the Congress to cut into votes and help the saffron party, if they "do not want riots, tyranny and oppression of the BJP and dictatorship which takes away rights of people".

The CPM-headed Left Front and the Congress have joined hands with the newly-formed Indian Secular Front floated by Abbas Siddiqui, an influential Muslim cleric of Hooghly district's Furfura Sharif, to forge an alliance.

At another meeting in Bankura town, the cnief minister asked voters to be on guard against any offer for cash for casting votes.

"If some outsiders offer you Rs 500 or Rs 1000 in exchange for votes, don't be tempted. I won't advise you what to do with the cash but don''t vote for them. It is ill-gotten money," the feisty Bengal leader said.

She alleged that unaccounted notes found during demonetisation and money from the PM-Cares fund and that received during the sale of PSUs are being used to lure voters.

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