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Assam Assembly Election 2021 Updates: Congress urges EC to register FIRs against Nadda, Sonowal for ads predicting poll outcome

Assembly Election 2021 Updates: In a complaint to the Election Commission (EC), Congress leaders Randeep Surjewala, Ajay Maken and Mukul Wasnik sought directions and action against top BJP leaders for giving advertisements in newspapers claiming victory in all upper Assam seat

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Assam Assembly Election 2021 Updates: Congress urges EC to register FIRs against Nadda, Sonowal for ads predicting poll outcome

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Mar 28, 2021 - 21:10 (IST)

Assam Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

BJP expels 7 Assam leaders for contesting as independent candidates

The BJP in Assam on Sunday said that it has expelled seven leaders from the primary membership of the party for six years for contesting as independent candidates in the assembly election after being denied tickets, reports PTI.

"The state party president Ranjeet Kumar Dass has expelled the seven persons for six years with immediate effect for contesting as independents against the party's nominated candidates," Assam BJP general secretary Rajdeep Roy said in a statement.

Mar 28, 2021 - 20:54 (IST)

Assam Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Congress seeks action against BJP's advertisement

Congress on Sunday submitted a memorandum to Election Commission here seeking action against BJP and six newspapers of Assam for publishing an advertisement in a news report format claiming that the saffron party is winning all the constituencies in the Upper Assam.

The memoramdum was given by the Assam unit of Congress to Chief Electoral Officer Nitin Khade.

The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee alleged that the "advertisement with the BJP symbol" has been published in the six newspapers in a news report format to influence voters in the remaining two phases of voting.

"The publication of the advertisement in the news report format is violation of the Election Commission guidelines.

"The advertisement was published in newspapers with headlines like 'BJP to win all constituencies of Upper Assam', 'BJP's well wishers and workers are delighted', 'BJP ensures victory in all constituencies of Upper Assam' to influence voters and deceive them in the remaining two phases of polls," APCC legal group chairman Niran Borah told reporters.

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Mar 28, 2021 - 20:36 (IST)

Assam Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Congress urges EC to register FIRs against Nadda, Sonowal for ads predicting outcome of polls

With the BJP advertising claims of winning all seats in upper Assam, the Congress on Sunday said it is in violation of the Representation of the People Act and urged the Election Commission to register FIRs against BJP chief J P Nadda and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

In a complaint to the Election Commission (EC), Congress leaders Randeep Surjewala, Ajay Maken and Mukul Wasnik sought directions and action against top BJP leaders for giving advertisements in newspapers claiming victory in all upper Assam seats.

They said such advertisements are in clear violation of the directions given by the EC that no one can make predictions of the results during the prohibited period.

"We pray to the EC to take all such actions as may be necessary and required in law, including direction for registration of offences against Sarbananda Sonowal, J P Nadda and Ranjit Kumar Dass for the blatant violation of Model Code of Conduct and the RP Act, 1951," the Congress stated.

Mar 28, 2021 - 20:21 (IST)

Kerala Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

'BJP can only offer communalism', claims Shashi Tharoor

The BJP can "only offer communalism, tired scare-mongering over love Jihad and a hate-filled politics of division that will never go far in pluralist Kerala", senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said on Sunday and asserted that the BJP's high-profile recruit 88-year-old E Sreedharan cannot be the answer to the state's political future.

He also dismissed suggestions that not having a chief ministerial face could dent the Congress-led United Democratic Front's (UDF) chances in the Kerala Assembly polls and said the party is "richly endowed" with experienced and capable leaders, any of whom could assume the mantle of chief ministership.

In an interview with PTI, Tharoor said the trend in Kerala is clearly in favour of the UDF and he expects a "strong victory" when the results are announced on 2 May. 

Mar 28, 2021 - 20:12 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

'Chase away outsiders', Mamata Banerjee says in poll rally

"They (BJP) have a lot of money so they are trying to purchase people. Modi is taking land. He will snatch away everything as Adani is his friend. Chase away outsiders and BJP like you chased away CPM," West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was quoted as saying in a poll rally on Sunday.

Mar 28, 2021 - 19:59 (IST)

Tamil Nadu Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

DMK MP A Raja booked for 'vulgar comments' against Tamil Nadu CM

DMK MP A Raja has been booked by the city police over a complaint from the ruling AIADMK for allegedly making vulgar personal remarks against Chief Minister K Palaniswami, a senior official said on Sunday. The case was filed based on a complaint to the state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) which was forwarded to the Greater Chennai Police, Commissioner Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal told reporters.

"On the basis, the case was filed under Indian Penal Code and Representation of People Act," he said, without divulging details.

Mar 28, 2021 - 19:26 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

'Has Amit Shah entered the EVM?', asks Mamata after '26 out of 30' claim

"Home Minister said they will win 26 out of 30 seats where voting took place in the first phase. Have you (HM Amit Shah) entered the EVM? Why didn't you say BJP will win all 30 seats. Let's wait for 2 May. TMC will win. Outsiders can't rule Bengal," said West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee in response to the Union Home Minister's assertion that the BJP will win big in the seats that voted on Saturday.

Mar 28, 2021 - 19:07 (IST)

Kerala Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Rajnath Singh's roadshow in Ernakulam cancelled due to bad weather

Union Defence Minister and BJP leader Rajnath Singh's roadshow in Ernakulam was cancelled on Sunday evening because his aircraft couldn't land due to bad weather, ANI reported.

Mar 28, 2021 - 18:23 (IST)

Tamil Nadu Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

'Guarantee' that MK Stalin will be CM, says Rahul Gandhi

"No Tamil person wants to touch Amit Shah or Mohan Bhagwat's feet, so the question is why has the chief minister submitted to RSS and Amit Shah. The chief minister doesn't want to bow in front of Modi but he has to as Narendra Modi controls ED, CBI and the chief minister is corrupt," Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said at a rally in Tamil Nadu's Salem.

"I can guarantee that Stalin will be the chief minister. Decision has been made, now elections will formalize it. But the fight doesn't stop here as RSS and BJP have unlimited money. To stop them, we've to first oust them in Tamil Nadu &then remove them from Delhi," he added.

Mar 28, 2021 - 18:08 (IST)

West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 LATEST Updates

Mamata slams Amit Shah for claiming BJP will win 26 of 30 seats

Deriding Union Home Minister Amit Shah's assertion that the BJP will win 26 of the 30 seats for which polling was held in the first phase of West Bengal Assembly elections, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said that "the people's verdict will be evident after votes are counted."

Without naming Shah, who made the assertion at a BJP press conference in New Delhi earlier in the day, Banerjee questioned how such a claim could be made just a day after the elections were held. "A leader today said that the BJP will win 26 of 30 seats, why did he not claim all 30, did he leave the rest for Congress and CPM?" Banerjee quipped, addressing a rally in the Chandipur constituency, adjacent to Nandigram, from where she is contesting.


Assembly Election 2021 Latest Updates: With the BJP advertising claims of winning all seats in upper Assam, the Congress on Sunday said it is in violation of the Representation of the People Act and urged the Election Commission to register FIRs against BJP chief J P Nadda and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

"They (BJP) have a lot of money so they are trying to purchase people. Modi is taking land. He will snatch away everything as Adani is his friend. Chase away outsiders and BJP like you chased away CPM," West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was quoted as saying in a poll rally on Sunday.

"Home Minister said they will win 26 out of 30 seats where voting took place in the first phase. Have you (HM Amit Shah) entered the EVM? Why didn't you say BJP will win all 30 seats. Let's wait for 2 May. TMC will win. Outsiders can't rule Bengal," said West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee in response to the Union Home Minister's assertion that the BJP will win big in the seats that voted on Saturday.

"No Tamil person wants to touch Amit Shah or Mohan Bhagwat's feet, so the question is why has the chief minister submitted to RSS and Amit Shah. The chief minister doesn't want to bow in front of Modi but he has to as Narendra Modi controls ED, CBI and the chief minister is corrupt," Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said at a rally in Tamil Nadu's Salem.

"I can guarantee that Stalin will be the chief minister. Decision has been made, now elections will formalize it. But the fight doesn't stop here as RSS and BJP have unlimited money. To stop them, we've to first oust them in Tamil Nadu &then remove them from Delhi," he added.

The Trinamool Congress has written to the Election Commission urging it to withdraw a recent order that relaxed a rule on the appointment of polling agents, and alleged that the EC had taken the step to help the BJP. According to a March 2009 rule by the EC, polling agents who are appointed by the contesting candidates shall have to be electors in the same polling stations or from neighbouring polling stations falling in the same constituency.

However, the provision was amended recently to allow an elector from any part of an Assembly constituency to be appointed as a polling agent.

The Trinamool Congress has written to the Election Commission urging it to withdraw a recent order that relaxed a rule on the appointment of polling agents, and alleged that the EC had taken the step to help the BJP.

According to a March 2009 rule by the EC, polling agents who are appointed by the contesting candidates shall have to be electors in the same polling stations or from neighbouring polling stations falling in the same constituency.

However, the provision was amended recently to allow an elector from any part of an assembly constituency to be appointed as a polling agent.

The reason for the same has been stated to be based on inputs and for the convenience of the candidates.

Such reasoning is not only ambiguous in nature but also leads us to a conclusion that it has been implemented to help certain political parties, namely the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), due to them not possessing the strength to muster enough polling agents, the Trinamool Congress alleged in a letter to the EC dated 26 March. The party released the letter on Sunday.

It claimed that the new instructions were made with a mala fide intention to benefit the candidates of Bharatiya Janata Party.

Such instruction passed by the Election Commission of India just before the scheduled date of election to take place in West Bengal is arbitrary, motivated and biased, it alleged and urged the EC to withdraw the direction and restore the earlier rule.

While the first of the eight phases of assembly polls in West Bengal was conducted on March 26, the second phase is on April 1.

A TMC delegation led by MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay had on Saturday raised the issue at a meeting with Chief Electoral Officer Aariz Aftab
in Kolkata.

Free COVID-19 vaccination for all; scrapping of NEET and the new education policy; Rs 1,000 as assistance for homemakers; re-opening of mills; and enhanced pension for martyrs' kin are some of the promises made by the Congress party in its poll manifesto for Puducherry.

Addressing a press briefing, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that voting in the first phase of elections for West Bengal and Assam Assembly elections was carried out peacefully and not even a single lie was lost. He expressed confidence that the BJP will win over 26 seats of 30 in West Bengal. The party's seats in the state will increase and so will the margin by which it wins the seats, he said. Shah said there are clear indications that the BJP will win over 37 seats of the 47 which went to polls in Assam on Saturday.

The Congress manifesto for the Puducherry polls was released by Congress leaders Nitin Raut and Veerappa Moily and others and the first copy was received by former chief minister of the UT V Narayansamy.

Addressing a rally, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hit out at the BJP, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah and said he wants Tamil Nadu to be run from the state, and not from Delhi. The Congress leader alleged there was a full scale assault on the idea of Tamil Nadu.

BJP leader Rajnath Singh held a roadshow in Thriuvananthapuram. The Union minister is also scheduled to to hold roadshows in Puthupally and Ernakulam constituencies and address a public meeting in  Irinjalakuda.

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday hit out at the ruling CPM-led LDF and the Opposition Congress headed UDF saying they were playing a "friendly match" in poll-bound Kerala.

While the Congress and Left are opposing each other tooth and nail in Kerala, 2,000 km away in West Bengal, they are allies, Rajnath, who is in Kerala for campaigning for the 6 April Assembly polls told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to campaign in Tamil Nadu today, with two public meetings scheduled in Chennai's Shastri Nagar (11.15 am) and Seelanaickenpatti, Salem ( 3.45 pm), said the party in a Twitter post.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech at the Matua temple at Orakandi in Bangladesh was with an eye on elections in West Bengal.

The TMC supremo also alleged that Modi violated the Model Code of Conduct through his speech at the temple, holy to the Matua community spread over India and Bangladesh.

However, Modi in his speech at the temple had not made any election promises.

Banerjee said at a public meeting in Kharagpur, "Modi is delivering a speech at a temple in Bangladesh with an eye on elections in West Bengal."  The first phase of voting of an eight-phase poll was completed today."This is total violaton of election code of conduct, we are taking up the issue with Election Commission," she said.

The Matua community in West Bengal is estimated to be 30-million strong.

Modi during his two day trip to Bangladesh to attend Bangladesh's 50th anniversary of Independence, had visited the temple at Oranakandi, birthplace to the Matau community's spiritual guru Harichand Thakur as well as the temple of Jessoreshwari at Ishwaripur in Satkhira.

The chief minister said "our prime minister goes to a foreign country and speaks with an eye on a section of voters, what about that?"

She alleged that Modi had earlier canvassed for Donald Trump's bid for re-election to the President's post in the US. Modi had at a rally in Texas in 2019, come up with the slogan "Ab ki baar , Trump Sarkar" (This time, Trump Government).

"And now during Assembly polls in Bengal you are going to Bangladesh to peddle lies before a section of people, to mislead a section of voters here," she said rhetorically addressing the Prime Minister.

Banerjee recalled the scrapping Bangladeshi actor Firdaus's visa during 2019 Lok Sabha elections "as he took part in a rally here" and wondered why Modi's visa should not be dealt with in a similar manner.

"Firdaus had just attended one rally and said few lines before a crowd being a popular star in both countries and someone from BJP complained against him to the Union home ministry and his visa was cancelled," Banerjee pointed out.

Pointing out that the BJP often accused her of bringing in Bangladeshi "infiltrators", she wondered why Modi "now goes to Bangladesh to do marketing (sic)" for votes.

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