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Assembly Election 2021 Updates: Modi slams Mamata over 2011 Singur protests; Shah calls Rahul Gandhi 'tourist politician'

Kerala Assembly Election 2021 LIVE Updates: Invoking Singur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday alleged the 'obstructionist mindset' of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her TMC has deprived Eest Bengal of industries and jobs.

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Assembly Election 2021 Updates: Modi slams Mamata over 2011 Singur protests; Shah calls Rahul Gandhi 'tourist politician'

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Assam Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Himanta Biswa Sarma approaches Gauhati HC after EC bars him from campaigning for two days

Senior BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma, who was barred from campaigning for 48 hours ahead of the final phase of Assembly elections in the state, has moved the Gauhati High Court against that order.

The hearing is expected to take place in some time, NDTV reported.

The Election Commission issued its order on Friday night, after it upheld a complaint by the Congress. The party said Sarma had openly threatened to send Hagrama Mohilary, whose Bodoland People's Front (BPF) is a member of the opposition alliance, to jail by misusing the NIA.

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Apr 03, 2021 - 23:01 (IST)

Tamil Nadu Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

AIADMK urges EC to restrain I-T raids on Ministers, candidates

The ruling AIADMK on Saturday urged the Election Commission to restrain the Income Tax department from conducting "unwanted searches" on its leaders that are deliberate violations of the provisions of the Representation of People Act and its rules. 

The party accused the DMK and Congress leaders, having influence with bureaucrats and higher officials, of making the authorities carry out the raids.

Apr 03, 2021 - 22:58 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Over 10 election officials including observers replaced after testing positive for COVID-19

Over 10 election officials, including a few observers and one returning officer have been replaced in West Bengal after they tested positive for COVID-19, a senior official said. "Yes, several officials have been replaced after they tested positive for COVID-19. We have replaced some observers who had tested positive for the disease before coming to West Bengal and also those who were diagnosed with the contagion after coming here. Naturally, they were replaced," the official said.

Apr 03, 2021 - 22:54 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Election Commission transfers three West Bengal police officers

The Election Commission Saturday ordered the transfer of three West Bengal police officers. In a letter to the poll-bound state's chief secretary, the Commission saidSP (Alipurduar) Amitabha Maiti, DCP(Chandannagar, Hooghly) Tathagata Basu and Deputy SP (Industrial Diamond Harbour Police district) Mithun De be transferred and a report sent to it by 10 am Sunday

Apr 03, 2021 - 22:41 (IST)

Assam Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Rahul Gandhi hits out at EC in a two-word tweet

While the Congress leader did not clarify the context of his tweet, the Congress party is at loggerheads with the poll panel over more than Election. In Assam, the Congress has criticised the panel's decision to cut down the campaign ban duration on BJP's Himanta Biswa Sarma. It has also taken exception to the way it handled the EVM controversy in Ratabari. 

Apr 03, 2021 - 22:19 (IST)

Kerala Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

UDF, LDF mum on Sabarimala issue as they need votes: Union Minister Pralhad Joshi

Union Minister Pralhad Joshi on Saturday asked the CPI(M) and the Congress to make clear their stand on the Sabarimala issue and claimed there
was total confusion among them over the matter and the two parties were not reacting as they need the votes. Joshi, who was in the state capital as part of the
saffron party's electioneering, told the media that in the Sabarimala matter, the state and the national leadership of the Congress are on opposite sides.

Apr 03, 2021 - 22:05 (IST)

Kerala Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Row erupts in Kerala over SDPI's support to UDF candidate in Manjeswaram 

A controversy has erupted in Kerala over the decision of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), a political offshoot of Islamist outfit Popular Front of India (PFI), to support the Congress-led UDF in Manjeswaram Assembly seat where BJP leader K Surendran is considered to be a top contender in the 6 April polls. Attacking the Congress, the BJP has asked the opposition party to reveal its stand on the issue.

Hitting out at the Congress, BJP's Smriti Irani said in 2012 the state government had informed the Kerala high court that "they (PFI) are the enemies of the state". She wondered how the Congress party could accept the support of such outfits in elections.

The Congress and the UDF have not reacted to the development which unfolded after the SDPI said today it would support the candidate fielded by the UDF to ensure the defeat of BJP state president Surendran in 6 April polls.

Apr 03, 2021 - 21:11 (IST)

Kerala Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

BJP slams UDF over SDPI's announcement of support in Manjeshwaram constituency

The BJP slammed the Congress over the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), a political offshoot of Islamist outfit Popular Front of India (PFI), extending its support the Congress-led UDF in the Manjeswaram Assembly seat. BJP leader K Surendran is considered to be a top contender in the constituency.

Attacking the Congress, the BJP has asked the Opposition party to reveal its stand on the issue. The saffron party threatened that the decision of the Congress to accept the support of the SDPI "will have its echo" in the Assembly polls in Assam.

Addressing a poll meeting in the constituency, Union Minister Smriti Irani said the national leadership of the Congress "will have to explain" to the people of poll-bound Assam on how it can take the support of an outfit which "waged a battle against the people of Northeast".

Apr 03, 2021 - 20:53 (IST)

Assam Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Magisterial probe ordered into Assam EVM row

A magisterial probe has been ordered to determine why a polling team in Assam carried an EVM in a vehicle owned by the wife of a BJP candidate, officials said on Saturday. Karimganj district deputy superintendent Anbamuthan MP issued an order on Friday night to probe the incident, which has snowballed into a huge controversy amid the ongoing Assam Assembly elections, the last phase of which is slated for Tuesday.

Additional District Magistrate Rajeshan Terang has been asked to conduct the enquiry and submit a detailed report within three days. "... This incident posed a threat to security of the polled EVMs and has an adverse effect on the law and order situation," the order said.

Apr 03, 2021 - 20:30 (IST)

Assam Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

'History will not pardon EC', says Congress after campaign ban on Himanta Biswa Sarma reduced

The Congress on Saturday hit out at the Election Commission for reducing the campaigning ban on Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and said it is a "dark day for parliamentary democracy and history will not pardon the panel".

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said it was "deplorable" that the EC could not sustain its own order and accused the poll body of "buckling under pressure" of the Modi government by reducing the ban on Sarma from 48 hours to 24 hours.

The Election Commission on Friday had banned Sarma from all modes of campaigning for 48 hours for allegedly making threatening remarks against Bodoland People's Front (BPF) chief Hagrama Mohilary, but reduced it to 24 hours this evening after the minister tendered an "unconditional apology" and assured the poll panel that he will abide by the provisions of the model code.

Apr 03, 2021 - 20:12 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

BJP will jail people trying to stop Durga puja, says Adityanath in Bengal rally

Calling upon people to oust the Mamata Banerjee government, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said on Saturday that the BJP, if voted to power in Bengal, will ensure security for all women and create job opportunities for the youth. Adityanath, who addressed two rallies during the day, also said that those who had tried to stop Durga puja and Saraswati puja "will be put behind bars" if the saffron party forms government in Bengal.

"You had given 50 years to the Congress, 30 years to the Left and 10 years to the Trinamool Congress, I urge you to give five years to the BJP... We will change the face of West Bengal. The BJP will stop all tortures perpetrated on the women of West Bengal. It will ensure that youths get employment opportunities," Adityanath said at a public meeting in Falta area of South 24 Parganas district.

Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates: Invoking Singur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday alleged the "obstructionist mindset" of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her TMC has deprived Eest Bengal of industries and jobs.

The Congress on Saturday hit out at the Election Commission for reducing the campaigning ban on Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and said it is a "dark day for parliamentary democracy and history will not pardon the panel".

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said it was deplorable that the EC could not sustain its own order and accused the poll body of buckling under pressure of the Modi government by reducing the ban on Sarma from 48 hours to 24 hours.

The Election Commission on Friday had banned Sarma from all modes of campaigning for 48 hours for allegedly making threatening remarks against Bodoland People's Front (BPF) chief Hagrama Mohilary, but reduced it to 24 hours this evening after the minister tendered an "unconditional apology" and assured the poll panel that he will abide by the provisions of the model code.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah called Congress leader Rahul Gandhi a "tourist politician" on Saturday at a rally in Kerala's Sulthan Bathery.

"Wayanad is Rahul baba's constituency. He was Amethi's MP for 15 years and did not do anything to make Amethi better. Later, he shifted to Wayanad. I've never witnessed a tourist politician like Rahul baba. He will do no development in the region," he claimed.

He added, "In the last 2 decades of reign of LDF-UDF, there has been no growth and development. Kerala is now embroiled in corruption, appeasement, and political violence,"

A total of 14 workers of two political parties were arrested for allegedly distributing cash to voters in two areas here on Saturday, police said. Based on information, the police went to an area in Coimbatore south constituency where they caught 12 BJP workers distributing the money to residents.

A sum of Rs 46,000 was seized from them and six two-wheelers were impounded, the police said. In another incident, two AIADMK workers were held for distributing money in an area coming under Coimbatore north constituency, they said.

A total of Rs 24,500 in cash was seized from their possession, they added.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said in a rally in the North 24 Parganas district, "I request to all the minority brothers and sisters not to allow their vote division."

DMK Lok Sabha MP Kanimozhi on Saturday tested positive for COVID-19 and has been admitted to a hospital, PTI reported. Kanimozhi, who has been actively campaigning for the 6 April Assembly polls, has cancelled her programmes after testing positive for the virus, the report quoted sources as saying.

Also the party's women's wing secretary, Kanimozhi has been admitted to a hospital, they said. On Friday, she had toured southern regions, including Tirunelveli and Tenkasi.

Home Minister Amit Shah, addressing a rally in Tamil Nadu's Tirunelveli on Saturday, claimed that the traditional sport Jallikattu "could be banned again if Congress-DMK come back to power". "It was promised in their manifesto in 2016," he added.

The single-phase Assembly poll in Tamil Nadu is set to be held on 6 April.

Hours after a BJP candidate's vehicle was used to take a polled EVM to the strong room, Election Commission on Friday ordered fresh voting in one polling station of Assam's Ratabari seat.

While addressing a rally in Uluberia Purba, the Uttar Pradesh CM accused the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government of turning Bengal into a 'land of hooliganism and anarchy'.

Ahead of the third and final phase of Assam Assembly polls, the prime minister visited Tamulpur in Baksa district to address a rally on Saturday.

The home minister addressed a roadshow in Thousand Lights Assembly seat in Tamil Nadu on Saturday. He is campaigning for BJP candidate Khushbu Sundar.

The EC on Friday barred the Assam minister from campaigning for 48 hours for allegedly making threatening remarks against Bodoland People's Front chief Hagrama Mohilary.

Nandigram witnessed a direct contest on Thursday between the TMC supremo and her former colleague Suvendu Adhikari, who had joined the BJP in December last year.

Exuding confidence that West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will lose from the Nandigram constituency, Amit Shah on Friday accused her of running the government on the 3T model of 'Tolabaji' (extortion), 'Tanashahi' (dictatorship) and 'Tushtikaran' (appeasement).

Identifying cross-border infiltration as the biggest problem of the North Bengal region, which he claimed faced injustice at the hands of the Trinamool Congress government, Shah said that the menace will be stopped after the BJP is voted to power in the state.

Shah, who was on a whirlwind tour of the state from the North to South Bengal addressing two rallies and taking part in two roadshows, said that the saffron party would win 50 of the 60 seats that have gone to polls till now in this election.

Reaching out to two major communities of north Bengal, Shah said that Nepali and Rajbasnhi languages will be made associate languages of the state.

"Didi has lost Nandigram. The scenes that you witnessed yesterday tell us that she is losing. By 2 pm on 2 May (when votes will be counted), Didi will be out of power in Bengal," Shah said while addressing a rally at Sitalkuchi in North Bengal, close to the India-Bangladesh border.

His comments came at the backdrop of the TMC supremo camping at a booth in Nandigram, where she is locked in a fight with her protege-turned-adversary Suvendu Adhikari, for more than two hours after complaining of vote loot by the BJP.

"I heard that someone told her to contest from a seat in North Bengal, but she declined as she was not confident of winning. After two phases of polling that has covered 60 seats, the BJP is winning 50. We know we will win all the seats in North Bengal," the BJP leader said.

The BJP runs its government on the model of development, but Mamata runs her government on the 3T model
of Tolabaji, Tanashahi and Tushtikaran, he claimed.

Under the leadership of Narendra Modi, all problems of the people of North Bengal will be solved, Shah said.

"Shouldn't infiltration be stopped? Doesn't it take away the jobs of our youths? Replace Didi; even birds won't be allowed to enter Bengal, let alone humans. The TMC government can never stop it. Only we can do it," he said at the rally in Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar district.

Reaching out to the state's politically crucial refugees, Shah said that they would be granted citizenship by implementing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

"Mamata didi has done nothing for the development of North Bengal. After coming to power, the BJP will constitute a North Bengal Development Board and spend Rs 2,000 crore annually on the region's development," he said.

He also promised to establish an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), which will cater to the people of not only Cooch Behar district but also of the entire region.

"Prime Minister Modi Ji works towards 'Jan Kalyan' (welfare of people). But in Bengal, Mamata didi is busy in 'Bhatija Kalyan" (welfare of nephew). She is only interested in making her nephew the next chief minister," he said at a rally at Kalchini in Alipurduar district.

Reaching out to the people of the Darjeeling hills, he said the BJP government will work towards a permanent political solution to the problems of the hills and Terai and Dooars regions.

"We would also make Nepali and Rajbanshi language as associate languages of the state. We would also promote Nepali language films and will arrange for its subsidy. We will also come up with a Nepali language radio channel," he said.

Referring to the TMC's 'Khela Hobe' slogan, Shah said, "Nobody is scared of your (Mamata's) Khela Hobe. All the goons will be thrown behind bars after 2 May."

Once considered a bastion of the Congress and then the TMC, the BJP has made deep inroads in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls by bagging seven of the eight seats in North Bengal.

Later in the evening, Shah took out two roadshows in Arambag and Baruipur in separate districts in
South Bengal.

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