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Assembly Election 2021 Updates: Calcutta HC orders strict compliance with COVID protocol during campaigning

Assembly Election 2021 LIVE Updates: Hearing two PILs in this regard, a division bench presided by Chief Justice TBN Radhakrishnan ordered that all district magistrates will ensure that the guidelines laid down by the EC are strictly implemented

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Assembly Election 2021 Updates: Calcutta HC orders strict compliance with COVID protocol during campaigning

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Apr 13, 2021 - 22:38 (IST)

Tamil Nadu Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

EC orders repolling in one booth in Tamil Nadu's Velacherry Assembly

The Election Commission on Tuesday ordered repoll in a booth under the Velachery Assembly segment in Chennai, to be held on 17 April. The action comes in the wake of two men found carrying EVMs/VVPAT machine on a two-wheeler, with various political parties and contesting candidates demanding action.

Apr 13, 2021 - 22:33 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Calcutta HC orders compliance of COVID protocol during poll campaigning in WB

The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday directed that in view of resurgence in COVID-19 cases, all health-related guidelines be maintained in the strictest
possible manner with regard to campaigning by political parties for the West Bengal assembly elections.

Apr 13, 2021 - 21:46 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Won't let Bengal become Gujarat: Mamata in Barasat

Apr 13, 2021 - 21:37 (IST)

Assam Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Nine nominees of Bodoland Peoples Front moved to Chhattisgarh

At least nine candidates of the Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF), a key ally in the Congress-led grand alliance in Assam, have been shifted to a resort in the Congress-ruled Chhattisgarh after the recently held Assembly polls in that state. Confirming the development, the senior leader said these nine candidates of the BPF were brought to Raipur on Saturday late evening in a flight and lodged in a hotel before they were shifted to a resort in Nava Raipur. 

The BPF had fielded 12 candidates in the polls and one among them joined the BJP amid the elections

Apr 13, 2021 - 21:22 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Mamata Banerjee has realised TMC will lose the election: Rajnath

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday claimed that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has realized that Trinamool Congress will lose the ongoing assembly poll to the BJP in the state and was therefore inciting people to resort to violence. Describing the ongoing state election as a "mass movement", Singh said he firmly believes that the people of West Bengal will use their votes to usher in a positive change by voting  TMC out of power.

Apr 13, 2021 - 20:48 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Would like to ensure peaceful and fair polls, says CEC Sushil Chandra

Sushil Chandra, who assumed charge as the 24th Chief Election Commissioner on Tuesday, said he would like to ensure that the ongoing assembly elections in West Bengal are held in a very peaceful and fair manner so that voters in even the vulnerable areas can cast their votes without any fear. Chandra was appointed as the CEC on Monday, the day Sunil Arora demitted office.

Apr 13, 2021 - 20:19 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

After 24-hour ban, Mamata set to visit Cooch Behar tomorrow for poll program

Mamata Banerjee's 24-hour ban on campaigning ended at 8 pm today. She will hit the campaign trail in North Bengal tomorrow. As per India Today, the details of her schedule is as follows: 

10.00 am-- Cooch Behar

11.00 am, 12.00 pm, 1.00 pm--Jalpaiguri

4.00 pm--Nadia

Apr 13, 2021 - 19:33 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Mamata sees every issue through political lens: JP Nadda

BJP National president JP Nadda, who is campaigning for his party in Uttar Dinajpur, criticised Cheif Minister Mamata Banerjee for 'selective' empathy towards victims of political violence. 

"Mamata Banerjee can go (to Cooch Behar), it's democracy but she said nothing about Anand Burman, a 22-year-old youth who was killed. We spoke about everyone, the 4 people who were killed, Anand Burman, and even the Bihar SHO who was beaten to death in Uttar Dinajpur." Nadda said.

"She (Mamata Banerjee) looks at everything through the glasses of politics. We look at society from a development point of view and we speak of taking everyone together," he added. 

Apr 13, 2021 - 19:19 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Amit Shah promises ST status to 11 Gorkha castes

Amit Shah on Tuesday campaigned in the Hill region of Bengal. The Home Minister flayed the sate government run by the TMC and also laid out a host of promises for the Hill tribes, who had backed BJP in the Lok Sabha polls

"Change Mamata Didi and bring a BJP CM, the party will provide the status of Scheduled Tribe (ST) to 11 castes of Gorkha community," Shah told a rally in Darjeeling. Earlier, he had also promised to take back FIRs filed against Gorkha leaders during the 2017 violence. 

Apr 13, 2021 - 18:33 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Mamata has done only 'bhatija vikas' in 10 years, alleges Shah

"The day is not far when Kolkata will face the when illegal immigration too," says Amit Shah. "Can communists, Congress, TMC stop infiltration?" he asked alleging that illegal immigrants are their vote bank. Only the BJP can stop infiltration, Shah claims and also promises that the BJP will provide citizenship to refugees.

Mamata Banerjee has only done 'bhatija vikas' in 10 years, alleges Shah. Modi wants to bring rule of law while Didi wants to bring syndicate's rule, he further claims.

Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates: Hearing two PILs in this regard, a division bench presided by Chief Justice T B N Radhakrishnan ordered that all district magistrates will ensure that the guidelines laid down by the Election Commission of India and Chief Electoral Officer are strictly implemented in true letter and spirit and if necessary, with the aid of the police authorities

Mamata Banerjee, who was barred from the campaign until 8 pm today wasted no time in getting back on the campaign trail. She used the day time to hold a silent dharna in the heart of Kolkata.

Sushil Chandra, who assumed charge as the 24th Chief Election Commissioner on Tuesday, said he would like to ensure that the ongoing assembly elections in West Bengal are held in a very peaceful and fair manner so that voters in even the vulnerable areas can cast their votes

Amit Shah on Tuesday campaigned in the Hill region of Bengal. The Home Minister flayed the sate government run by the TMC and also laid out a host of promises for the Hill tribes, who had backed BJP in the Lok Sabha polls

Narendra Modi wants to bring rule of law while Banerjee wants to bring syndicate's rule, Amit Shah alleged at a rally in Bidhannagar.

The Congress-led 'Mahajoth' or Grand Alliance of Opposition parties in Assam on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission urging it to maintain transparency and impartiality during the counting of votes on 2 May.

The alliance, comprising the Congress, AIUDF, BPF, CPM, CPI, CPI(ML) Liberation, RJD, Anchalik Gana Morcha, Adivasi National Party and Jimachayan Peoples' Party, urged the EC to direct all the returning officers to furnish table- wise details of officials engaged in the counting of votes to all the contesting candidates.

AIUDF candidate Karim Uddin Barbhuiya claimed that "five-six BJP contestants" in the just-concluded Assam Assembly elections have contacted the party promising support to the Congress-led Grand Alliance of which Badruddin Ajmal's outfit is a constituent.

The BJP has rubbished the claim.

BJP president JP Nadda, taking at dig at TMC's 'khela hobe' (game will be played) slogan, said on Tuesday that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's plight is that of a "defeated player".

Shah said that the ruling TMC 'selectively' took back cases filed during the 2017 Darjeeling violence. He promised that if BJP was voted to power, it will take back all FIRs against Gorkhas within a week.

Ghosh has been asked to respond to the notice and make his stand clear on his remarks by 10 am on Wednesday.

Change Mamata Didi and bring a BJP CM, the party will provide the status of Scheduled Tribe to 11 castes of Gorkha community, said the home minister on Tuesday in Darjeeling.

In its order against the TMC supremo, the EC cited her repeated jibes against the central forces questioning their political neutrality, and her appeal to minority voters not to divide their votes between different political parties.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee began a dharna on Tuesday at Gandhi Murti in Kolkata, ANI reported, as a mark of protest against what she called the Election Commission's "unconstitutional decision" to bar her from campaigning for 24 hours in the ongoing state Assembly polls.

Taking to Twitter, the TMC supremo on Monday said, "To protest against the undemocratic and unconstitutional decision of the Election Commission of India, I will sit on dharna tomorrow at Gandhi
Murti, Kolkata from 12 noon."

The poll panel's order had come after Mamata's remarks against central forces and a statement which had alleged religious overtones.

"Commission hereby condemns such statements potent with serious law and order problems across the state and sternly warns Mamata Banerjee and advises her to desist from using such statements while making public utterances during the period when Model Code of Conduct is in force," the commission said in its order.

Assembly polls in West Bengal began on 27 March, and the remaining four of the eight phases of elections will be held between 17 and 29 April.

Members of the Trinammol Congress joined Mamata in slamming the poll panel for its decision on her.

Coming down heavily on the EC, TMC national vice-president Yashwant Sinha said every institution of democracy has been compromised.

"We always had a doubt about the impartiality of the EC. But, today it has shed whatever pretence it had. Now it is clear that EC is acting at the behest of Modi/Shah and under their direct order. Every institution of democracy is compromised today. What hope do we have?" he tweeted.

Echoing him, other senior leaders of the party claimed that the poll panel was behaving like a "wing of the BJP" and its decision smacks of authoritarianism.

Derek O'Brien, the ruling party's Rajya Sabha MP, said it was a black day for India's democracy.

"EC stands for Extremely Compromised. 12 April is a BLACK DAY in our democracy. Always knew we were winning Bengal," O'Brien tweeted.

Another party leader, Kunal Ghosh, said the decision to ban the TMC chief from campaigning for 24 hours is "atrocious and smacks of authoritarianism".

"The EC is behaving like a wing of the BJP. The ban is atrocious and smacks of authoritarianism. The sole aim of the EC is to stop Mamata from campaigning as the BJP has already sensed defeat. This shameful," he stated.

The BJP, however, welcomed the decision and accused TMC of vitiating the poll discourse.

"The EC did the right thing. The way TMC leaders are instigating the people against the EC and the central forces is unacceptable," BJP leader Sourav Sikdar said.

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