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Assembly Election 2021 Updates: Campaigning ends for second phase of polling in Assam

Assembly Election 2021 LIVE Updates: The second phase of state elections will decide the fate of 345 candidates in 39 seats going to polls on 1 April

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Assembly Election 2021 Updates: Campaigning ends for second phase of polling in Assam

File image of Mamata Banerjee addressing poll rallies. ANI

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16:38 (ist)

Kerala Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

After widespread criticism, Joyce George withdraws remarks against Rahul Gandhi

After coming under fire for his sexually-coloured remarks against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, former MP Joyce George on Tuesday withdrew his comments and expressed regret publicly, even as the national party demanded his arrest while the ruling CPI(M) distanced itself from the slur, reports PTI.

"I hereby unconditionally withdraw the inappropriate remarks made by me while addressing an election rally in Irattayar here on Monday. "I also express regret over that," he said while speaking at a meeting in Kumaly in this high range district.

George had won as the CPI(M) supported independent during 2014 Parliament election from Idukki but lost to Congress's Dean Kuriakose in 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

As TV channels started airing the visuals of his speech in Irattayar here this morning, sharp reactions poured in from various quarters especially from the Congress-UDF fold which strongly condemned the remarks and described it as "misogynistic".

Sensing that the objectionable remarks would give the opposition ammunition to target them during campaigns in the poll-bound state, the CPI(M) was quick to reject George's comments.

Distancing himself the derogatory comments, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan made it clear that attacking Gandhi personally was not the LDF's stand. "We will oppose him politically not personally', Vijayan told reporters in Kasaragod.

Soon after that, the CPI(M) state secretariat here issued a press statement stating that the Left party does not agree with the remarks made by their ex-MP.

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Mar 30, 2021 - 21:04 (IST)

Assam Assembly Elections 2021 LATEST Updates

Congress delegation meets EC, seeks registration of case against Nadda, Sonowal for ads

A delegation of Congress leaders on Tuesday met the Election Commission seeking registration of a case against BJP chief JP Nadda and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for allegedly violating the law by giving advertisements in newspapers claiming victory in the assembly polls, reports PTI.

Congress leaders led by Rajiv Shukla urged the EC to immediately act against the BJP leaders for trying to "influence" the Assam elections by "making predictions" about the first phase.

He claimed the BJP leaders have flouted the Representation of the People Act and rules of the EC which clearly bar anyone including astrologers and tarot card readers from making any prediction about the outcome of polls.

Shukla alleged that the ruling party at the Centre and in the state of Assam is flouting the law and strict action should be taken against it.

Mar 30, 2021 - 20:43 (IST)

Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections 2021 LATEST Updates

New EVMs will be used in coming polls: EC informs HC

The Election Commission on Tuesday informed the Madras High Court that it would use only new Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), manufactured three to four years ago, for the April 6 Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu. Following the submission, the court disposed of a petition from the DMK on the matter, reports PTI.

The EC's submission was made in its counter-affidavit filed before the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy when the PIL from DMK Organising secretary R S Bharathy came up for further hearing today.

In response to DMK''s plea to not to use EVMs which are beyond the expiry of 15 years, the EC agreed to use only M3-EVMs, manufactured between 2017-2019.

As regards DMK''s another plea for provision of jammers, the EC submitted that the same are not required as the strong rooms, where the loaded EVMs will be stored after polling, cannot be tampered with by wifi, radio waves or by any other methods.

Mar 30, 2021 - 20:30 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021 LATEST Updates

Mamata Banerjee admits to calling up BJP leader in Nandigram

 
Two days after a huge controversy erupted over an audio clip in which Mamata Banerjee was purportedly heard cajoling a BJP leader from Nandigram to help her win the seat, the chief minister Tuesday said that she had indeed called up Pralay Pal as she had got a feedback that he wants to talk to her. Speaking at an election meeting at Tengua in Nandigram just before the time for campaigning for the second phase of Assembly poll came to an end, Banerjee said as a candidate she has every right to call up a voter. "Yes I had called up this BJP leader in Nandigram. I had got the feedback that someone wants to talk to me. So I talked to him after getting his number. I told him to keep well, to take care of his health. So what is my crime?" the TMC supremo said. "As a candidate of the constituency I can seek the help of any voter, I can call up anyone. There is no harm in that, it is not a crime," the TMC supremo said. "But if someone makes the conversation viral that is a criminal offence. Action should be taken against the person who made my conversation viral, not me," Banerjee said adding she will continue to call up people in the same manner in future.
 
PTI

Mar 30, 2021 - 20:14 (IST)

Assam Assembly Elections 2021 LATEST Updates

Campaigning ends for second phase of polling

 
A high-octane electoral  campaign for the second phase of Assam assembly polls, spearheaded by an array of national and state leaders, came to an end on Tuesday evening. The second phase of state elections will decide the fate of 345 candidates in 39 seats going to polls on1 April. The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) issue was at the forefront of the campaign, with the BJP, which had maintained a studied silence on it in the run up to the first phase of voting, raising it in the Barak Valley this time as a carrot to the predominantly Hindu Bengali population, some of whom have their roots in Bangladesh.
 
 The ruling BJP is contesting in 34 seats and its allies, the AGP in six and the UPPL in three, with friendly contests in four constituencies-two each with the AGP and the UPPL. The Congress is contesting in 27, its partners the AIUDF in eight and BPF in four. The newly formed Assam Jatiya Parishad is contesting in 17 seats while 174 Independents are also in the fray.  A total electorate of 73,44,631, including 37,34,537 males, 36,09,959 females and 135 of the third gender, are eligible to exercise their franchise in 10,592 polling stations in the second phase. 
PTI

Mar 30, 2021 - 20:05 (IST)

Assembly Elections 2021 LATEST Updates

Govt approves issuance of electoral bonds from  1-10 April

 
 Amidst Assembly elections in four states and a Union territory, the government on Tuesday approved the issuance of the 16th tranche of electoral bonds which will be open for sale from 1 to 10 April.  Electoral bonds have been pitched as an alternative to cash donations made to political parties as part of efforts to bring transparency in political funding. However, Opposition parties have been raising concerns about alleged opaqueness in funding through such bonds.
 
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has accorded 'no objection' from the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) angle on 17 March with certain conditions, including that no political functionary would make any reference in this regard during any public speech or communication to the press or public in the constituencies going for polls, the finance ministry said in a statement. "The State Bank of India (SBI), in the XVI Phase of sale, has been authorised to issue and encash electoral bonds through its 29 authorised branches w.e.f. 01.04.2021 to 10.04.2021," it said.
 
PTI

Mar 30, 2021 - 19:54 (IST)

Kerala Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

LDF govt survives purely on PR and propaganda, alleges Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

The truth about LDF govt is it survives purely on its PR and propaganda, alleges Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. The BJP RSS has also tried to distract you with divisive issues, she says.

Mar 30, 2021 - 19:45 (IST)

Kerala Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

LDF didn't fulfill promises, alleges Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

LDF government never fulfilled their promises, alleges Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Kattakada. "Rubber is being imported unchecked, rubber industry is suffering, choir industry is suffering. They promised 20 lakh jobs but as as soon as they got a chance they filled government posts with their own people. You gave seen again and again that the LDF governments operated on the principle of favoritism," says the Congress leader. "You were promised a clean government but you got a government of frauds and scams," she alleges.

Mar 30, 2021 - 19:29 (IST)

Assam Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Congress divides, but Modi unites, says Nadda

BJP president JP Nadda on Tuesday alleged that the Congress is suffering from "mental bankruptcy" as it has aligned with political parties on religious lines in the current round of elections in the states.  The Congress has joined hands with the political parties on religious lines be it Kerala, West Bengal or Assam, Nadda said while addressing election rallies in Assam.  "At the same time it has entered into alliances with the Left parties in Bengal and Assam but in Kerala, it is fighting against them. This exposes the party's mental bankruptcy", he said at a poll rally.   He alleged that the Congress has divided the society on
diffierent criterion, including religion, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ensured that all people get benefits of various schemes on the basis of their need and not on any other considerations.   The Prime Minister has always insisted on inclusion of all sections by emphasising on "Sabka saath, sabka vikash aur sabka vishwas" unlike the Congress which had divided society on the basis of caste, class and religion for nearly seventy years after Independence.  "Congress todne ka kaam karta hain, aur Modiji jodne ka (Congress divides but Modiji unifies)", he added.

PTI

Mar 30, 2021 - 19:20 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

BJP supporters raise Jai Sri Ram slogans around Mamata Banerjee

 
Earlier in the day, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was greeted with 'Jai Shri Ram' slogans by BJP supporters in Nandigram, reports news agency ANI. Banerjee, who is pitted against her protege-turned-rival Suvendu Adhikari in the constituency, had strongly reacted to 'Jai Sri Ram' slogans in the past.

Mar 30, 2021 - 19:12 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

EC must give security to people from Balarampur village, says Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that the people of Balarampur village in Nandigram seat are hounded by BJPand said the Election Commission must give them security, reports PTI.

Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates: A high-octane electoral campaign for the second phase of Assam assembly polls, spearheaded by an array of national and state leaders, came to an end on Tuesday evening.

Two days after a huge controversy erupted over an audio clip in which Mamata Banerjee was purportedly heard cajoling a BJP leader from Nandigram to help her win the seat, the chief minister Tuesday said that she had indeed called up Pralay Pal as she had got feedback that he wants to talk to her.

BJP President J P Nadda on Tuesday alleged that the Congress is suffering from "mental bankruptcy" as it has aligned with political parties on religious lines in the current round of elections in the states.

Former India speedster Ashok Dinda, the BJP's candidate from Moyna in West Bengal''s Purba Medinipur, was allegedly attacked and his vehicle vandalised during the campaign on Tuesday, prompting the Election Commission to seek a report from the district authorities.

"I have seen many elections but Puducherry election 2021 is unique because the sitting chief minister has not been given a ticket," Modi said, targeting V Narayanasamy. "This clearly shows how much of a disaster his government has turned out to be."

Senior Congress leader V Narayanasamy ruled out any possibility of him taking on the mantle of chief ministership if the Congress-led alliance comes to power in Puducherry, saying he would turn down such an offer and would work 24X7 to strengthen the party in the Union Territory.

In a telephonic interview with PTI, Narayanasamy also said the defining issue of the Assembly election this time was statehood for Puducherry and while the Congress was strongly behind the demand, the BJP manifesto was silent on it. He also alleged that BJP wanted to create a Delhi-like situation in Puducherry and take power away from an elected government.

 Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra slammed the BJP and RSS for the alleged harassment suffered by the Nuns belonging to a Kerala based congregation during a train journey in Uttar Pradesh and claimed that Home Minister Amit Shah had condemned it only because of Assembly polls.

The Trinamool Congress has registered a complaint with Election Commission over, the "gross violation of democratic ethics and the Model Code of Conduct by Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) during his visit to Bangladesh."

The party has said it "strongly objects" to Modi's programme on 27 March, claiming it had nothing to do with 50th anniversary of the country's Independence or the birth centenary of 'Bangabandhu'. "Rather, They were solely and exclusively intended to influence the voting pattern in certain constituencies in the ongoing elections to the Legislative Assembly of West Bengal," the TMC's letter read.

Exuding confidence that BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari will win the elections from Nandigram by a record margin, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said defeating TMC chief Mamata Banerjee, a co- contestant from the seat, was "absolutely necessary to bring about the much-desired change in Bengal".

"The Congress and DMK has launched their outdated 2G missile which has a clear target: the women of Tamil Nadu. The missile was launched by UPA with clear message to attack the nari shakti of Tamil Nadu," Modi alleged.

AIADMK leader and Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam will share the stage with Modi along with other senior leaders from AIADMK and BJP.

Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah Tuesday arrived in Nandigram. The BJP leader was received by Suvendu Adhikari, party's candidate from Nandigram.

Accusing the Left parties in Kerala of inciting violence, Narendra Modi in Palakkad said, 'Under them, political rivals are killed, hacked and beaten.'

Shah is scheduled to participate in at least three roadshows, including one at Nandigram in East Medinipur, and one public rally in Diamond Harbour in South 24 Parganas. He will attend two more roadshows in Debra and Panskura.

It will be Modi's first campaign rally in the state in this Assembly election. He had addressed a BJP rally at Fort Maidan during the last Assembly election in May 2016.

The Trinamool Congress on Monday lodged a complaint with the Election Commission, alleging that
Nandigram BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari is harbouring criminals and putting them up in different hotels and guest houses of West Bengal.

In a letter to the chief electoral officer, TMC leader Derek O'Brien claimed that in spite of the local police being apprised of this, no action had been taken.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is also the TMC boss, is locked in a fierce contest with her protege-turned-adversary Adhikari in Nandigram in East Midnapore district, which goes to polls in the second phase on 1 April.

In a separate letter to the CEO, the ruling party said there have been instances of booth capturing and rigging during the first phase of polls held on 27 March, adding that "anti-social elements" of the BJP are camping in the district to "create large-scale violence".

The TMC urged the commission to take these "criminals" into preventive custody in the interest of free and fair polls.

The party also demanded that there should be no deployment of armed police personnel from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and other BJP-ruled states during the remaining seven phases of the Assembly polls.

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