Assembly Election 2021 Updates: Days after testing COVID-19 positive, DMK's Kanimozhi dons PPE suit to cast vote in Chennai

Assembly Election 2021 LIVE Updates: The Election Commission has said that the polling was conducted peacefully in all four states and one Union Territory.

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Assembly Election 2021 Updates: Days after testing COVID-19 positive, DMK's Kanimozhi dons PPE suit to cast vote in Chennai

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Apr 06, 2021 - 20:26 (IST)

Kerala Elections 2021 LATEST Updates

Kerala records over 73% polling by 7 pm

At least 73.58 percent of the total 2.74 crore voters exercised their franchise for the state Assembly elections, according to a preliminary assessment when polling drew to a close at 7 pm in Kerala on Tuesday,the Election Commission of India said. The massive exercise following COVID-19 health protocol involving over two lakh polling officers began at 7 am and the last hour from 6 pm to 7 pm was set aside for COVID-19 patients and those under isolation.

The ECI said 73.69 percent of male voters, 73.48 percent of female voters and 37.37 percent of transgender voters exercised their franchise as per the preliminary assessment till 6.55 pm. The state witnessed massive turnout till afternoon but incessant rain in central Kerala reduced the footfall later.

Apr 06, 2021 - 20:06 (IST)

West Bengal Elections 2021 LATEST Updates

Five arrested in connection to assault on TMC's Sujata Mondal

Police arrested five people — three members of the TMC and two of the BJP — for their alleged involvement in assaulting TMC's Sujata Mondal, candidate from Arasmbagh, earlier on Tuesday, a police officer said. Police also said they had launched a search for those who assaulted Papiya Adhikary, BJP candidate from Uluberia (Dakshin) assembly seat, when she visited Uluberia hospital to call on an injured party candidate.

The attacks were part of a series of clashes which were reported from several parts of Bengal, where polling is underway in the third phase of Assembly elections.

Apr 06, 2021 - 19:30 (IST)

Tamil Nadu Elections 2021 LATEST Updates

Kanimozhi casts vote in Chennai

DMK MP Kanimozhi cast her vote on Tuesday evening in Chennai, as the single-phased Assembly poll was held across all constituencies in Tamil Nadu. Kanimozhi, who had cancelled her campaign events after testing positive for COVID-19 last week, turned out to vote in PPE gear, The Hindu reported.

Apr 06, 2021 - 19:11 (IST)

Assembly Elections 2021 LATEST Updates

Assam voter turnout crosses 80% mark

According to provisional voter turnout data available at EC's turnout app, Assam recorded 82.15 percent polling till 7 pm, West Bengal recorded 77.68 percent polling, Kerala polled 69.95 percent votes, Tamil Nadu had 65.11 percent voters exercise their right and Puducherry recorded 78.03 percent turnout. 

In Kerala Lok Sabh by-election 67.96 percent polling was recorded while in Tamil Nadu bypolls 62.41 percent of registered voters cast their votes. 

Apr 06, 2021 - 18:24 (IST)

Assam Assembly Elections 2021 LATEST Updates

Assam third phase polling largely peaceful

The third and last phase of the state election in Assam which is underway amidst tight security in 40 constituencies spread across 12 districts on Tuesday is largely peaceful despite sporadic incidents of violence and disturbances in some areas, officials said. 

There were reports of a clash between two groups of people over some issues at a polling station at Dighaltari lower primary school at Golakganj. Police  resorted to lathicharge and firing in the air to control the situation but none was injured, an official said. The polling at the booth was stopped for a brief period and resumed soon, he said.

Apr 06, 2021 - 18:12 (IST)

Assembly Elections 2021 LATEST Updates

Assam records around 79% turnout; Kerala nears 70%

Till 6 pm Assam recorded 78.94 percent voter turnout, the highest among all four states under polls and the Union Territory of Puducherry. West Bengal recorded 77.68 percent turnout. Kerala was at 69.93 percent, Tamil Nadu 64.92 percent, and Puducherry recorded 77.90 percent turnout, as per the voter turnout app by Election Commission. 

In Kerala Lok Sabha by-election, 67.96 percent turnout was recorded while in Tamil Nadu bypolls, 57.85 percent voters exercised their franchise. 

Apr 06, 2021 - 18:01 (IST)

Assam Elections 2021 LATEST Updates

Assam deputy Speaker quizzed, 5 policemen suspended for firing on 1 April

Assam Assembly Deputy Speaker Aminul Haque Laskar has been quizzed twice and five police personnel attached to him have been suspended after they
opened fire on public during second phase of polling on 1 April, PTI reported on Tuesday. At least three people were injured in the firing by Laskar's bodyguards on 1 April after clashes broke out between supporters of BJP and AIUDF inside the polling station at 463 Madhya Dhanehori LP School of Sonai constituency.

Police sources said Laskar was interrogated twice for several hours during the last 48 hours and his statements have been recorded in front of a magistrate. Sitting MLA Laskar is having a direct fight with Karim Uddin Barbhuiya of the AIUDF on Sonai seat.

Apr 06, 2021 - 17:30 (IST)

Kerala Elections 2021 LATEST Updates

Kalamassery NDA candidate protests at polling booth, says report

NDA candidate from the Kalamassery constituency staged a sit-in protest at polling booth number 77 on Tuesday, alleging that a person had cast their vote "in another name", Mathrubhumi reported.

"Candidate PS Jayaraj alleged that this was bogus voting and that the polling officers refused to file a complaint with the police. Polling was interrupted for over 30 minutes," the report added

Apr 06, 2021 - 17:28 (IST)

Assembly Elections 2021 LATEST Updates

Polling slow in Tamil Nadu, Assam records vigorous turnout

Till 5 pm, Assam had recorded 68.31 percent polling, Kerala had recorded 60.5 percent turnout, Puducherry was at 66.91 percent, Tamil Nadu 55.15 percent, West Bengal was at 68.4 percent.
 
The turnout for Kerala Lok Sabha by election was 59.44 percent and Tamil Nadu Lok Sabha by-election recorded 51.16 percent. 

Apr 06, 2021 - 17:10 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Sporadic violence reported, candidates attacked in third phase of Bengal polls

Sporadic violence was reported and some candidates were attacked during the third phase of West Bengal assembly elections on Tuesday. 

Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee alleged "blatant misuse" of central forces to "influence voters". "The blatant misuse of Central forces continues unabated. Despite us repeatedly raising this issue, @ECISVEEP continues to be a mute spectator, while men in uniform are being misused at several places to openly intimidate TMC voters & influence many to vote in favour of one party," she tweeted. 
 
The TMC claimed that BJP "goons" didn't allow the party's polling agents inside the polling stations. The BJP, on the other hand, accused TMC candidate Sujata Mondal of entering a Arambagh polling station with TMC "goons" and creating unrest by threatening people against going to the polling stations to cast their votes.

Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates: DMK MP Kanimozhi cast her vote on Tuesday evening in Chennai, as the single-phased Assembly poll was held across all constituencies in Tamil Nadu. Kanimozhi, who had cancelled her campaign events after testing positive for COVID-19 last week, turned out to vote in PPE gear, The Hindu reported.

The Election Commission has said that the polling was conducted peacefully in all four states and one Union Territory.

Till 6 pm Assam recorded 78.94 percent voter turnout, the highest among all four states under polls and the Union Territory of Puducherry. West Bengal recorded 77.68 percent turnout.

At least three persons were injured in the firing by the bodyguards of Aminl Haque Laskar on 1 April after clashes broke out between supporters of BJP and AIUDF inside a polling station in Sonai constituency.

The ruling AIADMK has accused Udhayanidhi Stalin of violating the code of conduct by openly sporting his party's logo at the poll booth.

At 4 pm, Assam records voter turnout of 68.31 percent, Puducherry of 66.59 percent, Tamil Nadu of 54.05 percent, Kerala of 58.66 percent, and West Bengal of 68.04 percent.

Leaders from LDF, UDF and NDA locked horns after Pinarayi Vijayan claimed Tuesday that all gods including Sabarimala deity was with the LDF in polls

Clashes erupted between TMC and BJP supporters in Hooghly's Arambag in West Bengal, as voting in Assembly elections is underway.

Four EVMs and a similar number of VVPATs were found at the house of a Trinamool Congress leader in West Bengal's Howrah district, following which a poll official was suspended, a senior officer said on Tuesday.

There have been four reported incidents of EVM malfunction in Kerala so far. The incidents have been reported from Kannur, Thrissur, Trivandrum and Idukki, reported News18

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram cast vote in polling booth Chittal Achi Memorial High School in Kandanur, Sivaganga district

People in Tamil Nadu started lining up early in the morning eagerly to cast their votes. Actors Rajinikanth and Ajith Kumar were among the early voters in Chennai.

While it is the single phase of polls in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, it is the third and last phase of election in Assam and the third of eight phases in West Bengal.

Four states and a Union territory are set to vote in Assembly elections scheduled to be held today (Tuesday, 6 April).

Campaigning for the 6 April election in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry came to a close on Sunday evening.

On the same day, by-polls to Kanniyakumari Lok Sabha seat in Tamil Nadu and Malappuram Parliamentary seat in Kerala will also be conducted. The number of seats that will go to polls in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry are 31, 40, 234, 140 and 30 respectively.

Bengal

The constituencies in West Bengal that will vote on Tuesday will be spread over three districts, Hooghly, Howrah and South 24 Parganas, and will see 205 candidates in the fray. The Trinamool Congress and BJP have fielded candidates in all 31 seats. Meanwhile, the Samyukt Morcha parties CPM, All India Forward Bloc, Revolutionary Socialist Party and Congress have fielded candidates for 13, two, one and seven candidates respectively.

The Indian Secular Front has fielded candidates in eight seats, located in the minority-dominated areas of South 24 Parganas. The BJP has pegged its poll pitch in the issues of 'infiltration' and migration of locals to other states for work, while Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has urged the electorate to ensure there is no split in minority votes.

Of the 31 seats, eight are located in Hooghly district, seven in Howrah and 16 in South 24 Parganas district. The key constituencies include Tarakeshwar in Hooghly, where former Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta will be facing TMC candidate Ramendu Singh Roy. At Raidighi, former minister and senior CPM leader Kanti Ganguly is contesting against TMC’s Alok Jaldata. West Bengal Speaker Biman Banerjee is contesting in Baruipur Paschim, while prominent TMC youth leader Saukat Molla is contesting from the Canning Purba Assembly segment.

Twelve of the 31 constituencies are reserved for Scheduled Caste candidates. About 78 lakh voters will be able to exercise their franchise across 10,871 booths.

West Bengal recorded 80.43 percent voter turnout in Phase 2 of the Assembly polls on 1 April.  Bankura district, with 82.78 percent, witnessed the highest turnout while South 24 Parganas registered the lowest turnout at 79.66 percent.

Assam

In Assam, a total of 337 candidates, including 25 women, are in the fray. Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is contesting from Jalukbari, Chandra Mohan Patowary from Dharampur, Siddhartha Bhattacharya from Gauhati East, Asom Gana Parishad’s Phanibhushan Choudhury from Bongaigaon, BJP state chief Ranjeet Kumar Dass from Patacharkuchi, Pramila Rani Brahma from Kokrajhar-East and Kokrajhar MP Naba Sarania from Barama.

On the last day of campaigning on Sunday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal led BJP’s charge for the third phase in Assam. In response, the Mahajot alliance, comprising Congress, AIUDF and eight other parties, too intensified campaign even as the BJP claimed it reached the magic number to form the government in the state in the first two phases itself.

The fate of 20 sitting MLAs, including eight from the Congress, five from the BJP, three each from the AIUDF and BPF and one from AGP, will be decided in the final phase. Singer Kalpana Patowary is contesting on an AGP ticket from Sarukhetri, while journalists Manjit Mahanta and Hridyananda Gogoi are locked in a battle in Dispur on Congress and NCP tickets respectively.

Two newly formed parties, the Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) and jailed activist Akhil Gogoi’s Raijor Dal (RD), are contesting the polls together. The ruling BJP is contesting 20 constituencies while its allies AGP in 12 and UPPL in eight. The Congress is contesting 23 seats while its partners AIUDF in 12, BPF in eight and CPM in one.

There are 79,19,641 voters in phase three, of which 40,11,539 males, 39,07,963 females and 139 transgenders. The seats are spread across 12 districts including three in the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR).

Assam recorded 76.96 percent turnout across 39 Assembly constituencies in Phase 2 of the Assembly polls on 1 April. Nalbari district, with 86.69 percent, witnessed the highest turnout while Cachar registered the lowest turnout at 72.28 percent.

Tamil Nadu

In Tamil Nadu, over 6.28 crore eligible voters will choose between the 3,998 candidates who are contesting in the polls that will decide whether it will a hat-trick of terms for the AIADMK or the return of DMK after a decade in opposition. Chief Minister K Palaniswami, his deputy O Panneerselvam, DMK President MK Stalin, AMMK founder TTV Dhinakaran, actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan, Naam Tamizhar Katchi leader Seeman and BJP state unit chief L Murugan are in the fray

In their "final appeal" to voters, Palaniswami and Panneerselvam sought votes to ensure "Amma rule" continued in the state, referring to the party-led government. DMK leader Stalin, meanwhile, sought an opportunity for the party-led Secular Progressive Alliance. AIADMK is part of the NDA, the other constituents being the BJP, PMK and some local outfits.

The police have made elaborate security arrangements for polling day, deploying over 9,000 personnel in the Cuddalore, Villupuram and Kallakurichi districts.

Kerala

In Kerala, 2.74 crore voters exercising their franchise will decide the fate of 957 candidates, including high-profile leaders and Independents. An array of ministers and several sitting MLAs from both the traditional coalitions: the CPM-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the Congress-headed United Democratic Front (UDF) are seeking another term.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, health minister KK Shailaja, Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran, Power Minister MM Mani and Higher Education Minister KK Jaleel are among the prominent personalities trying their electoral luck from the ruling side. Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala, former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, senior leaders K Muraleedharan, PT Thomas and Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan are among those contesting from the UDF fold.

The election is crucial for an array of BJP leaders, including former Mizoram Governor Kummam Rajasekharan, 'Metroman' E Sreedharan, who joined the saffron party recently, state president K Surendran, senior leader Shobha Surendran, Rajya Sabha members Suresh Gopi and KJ Alphons, and Kerala Congress (M) chief Jose K Mani who recently snapped decades-long ties with the UDF and joined hands with the Left front.

The total electorate in the state includes 1,32,83,724 male voters, 1,41,62,025 female voters and 290 transgenders, according to Election Commission figures.

Puducherry

Puducherry and its outlying regions of Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam go to Assembly polls on Tuesday in single phase.

There are 30 Assembly segments, including five reserved constituencies, where a keen contest between the Congress-led Secular Democratic alliance and the AINRC-led NDA will be witnessed. The chief contestants are AINRC founder leader N Rangasamy seeking election from Thattanchavady in Puducherry and the lone seat in Yanam an enclave of Puducherry in Andhra Pradesh.

The PCC president AV Subramanian is seeking election from his home town of Karaikal (north). AIADMK convenors A Anbalagan and Om Sakthi Segar are testing their luck in Uppalam and Orleanpet segments respectively. Anbalagan has been holding the Uppalam constituency consecutively since 2001.

Four former ministers MOHF Shah Jahan, M Kandasamy and R Kamalakannan are contesting from Kamaraj Nagar, Embalam (reserved) and Tirunallar, respectively. Shahjahan had been contesting from Kalapet segment all along but now he is fielded by the Congress in Kamaraj Nagar and he is pitted against the BJP candidate A John Kumar.

Assembly Election 2021 Updates Days after testing COVID19 positive DMKs Kanimozhi dons PPE suit to cast vote in Chennai

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