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Assembly elections 2021 updates: Kamal Haasan accuses DMK of 'plagiarising' MNM's manifesto in vision document

Assembly elections 2021 LIVE updates: The BJP also accused the MK Stalin-led Opposition party of including schemes 'that have already been implemented' in its vision document

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Assembly elections 2021 updates: Kamal Haasan accuses DMK of 'plagiarising' MNM's manifesto in vision document

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Mar 08, 2021 - 21:39 (IST)

AIADMK announces Rs 1,500 payout to women heads of family

The AIADMK in Tamil Nadu on Monday assured an assistance of Rs 1,500 per month to women heads of family, in an announcement that bettered the DMK's poll promise of Rs 1,000 made a day ago, with the ruling party claiming it was not a copycat measure and has been in the pipeline.

Making the announcement on the Women's Day and a day after the DMK came out with the cash support to women family heads if the party was voted to power in the Assembly polls, AIADMK top leader and Chief Minister K Palaniswami also promised six cooking gas cylinders free of cost to families in a year.

Mar 08, 2021 - 21:26 (IST)

Kamal Haasan accuses DMK of plagiarising MNM's manifesto

Kamal Haasan's MNM party accused the DMK of "plagiarising" its manifesto in the latter's 'vision document', released on Monday.

"Why are you saying 'allegedly'? They (DMK) clearly plagiarised (from MNM's manifesto). They must acknowledge it. Right or wrong, an idea is an idea. Whoever comes to power must do these good things. If they want to copy further, we have more plans," party chief Haasan said.

"In Feb 2020, we'd presented 'Reimagining Tamil Nadu' with measures for women homemakers. If they (DMK) have proof that this vision was launched before, please educate us. No doubt that it came from us," the party VP also added.

Mar 08, 2021 - 21:05 (IST)

MK Stalin's Vision Document mirrors Central programmes: BJP

Seeking to punch holes in DMK's vision document, the BJP in Tamil Nadu on Monday claimed several assurances mirrored programmes being implemented by the Narendra Modi-led NDA government, and dared the Dravidian party to rework it and promise to rid the state of dynastic politics.

Mocking DMK president MK Stalin over the ten-year vision document that would be implemented if his party was voted to power in the 6 April Assembly elections, BJP state chief L Murugan asked whether the DMK would assure a Scheduled Caste member would be made the chief minister if it won.

A day after Stalin released the document focusing on seven key areas for the state's growth at a packed DMK rally in Tiruchirappalli, the BJP leader posed as many questions to the former. "My seven questions for Stalin also include will he redraft the promises and assure to end dynasty politics, not to grab lands offarmers and to eliminate corruption," Murugan told reporters here, in an apparent reference to charges faced by the DMK.

Mar 08, 2021 - 20:34 (IST)

Palaniswami announces Rs 1,500 financial aid to woman family heads

Day after the DMK announced financial assistance of Rs 1,000 per month to all women family heads in Tamil Nadu if voted to power, Chief Minister Edapaddi Palaniswami offered Rs 1,500, reports News18.If voted to power, Palanisami has also promised six cylinders per year for every family.

Mar 08, 2021 - 20:18 (IST)

Bengal BJP candidate Bharati Ghosh moves SC seeking stay of arrest warrant

BJP candidate and former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh, who has been fielded by the party for the assembly polls in West Bengal from Debra constituency of West Midnapore district has moved the Supreme Court on Monday seeking stay of arrest warrant and quashing of FIR lodged against her.  A bench of Justice U U Lalit and K M Joseph, which could not take up the matter on Monday, listed it for hearing on Tuesday. 

Ghosh, in her intervention application filed through advocate Sameer Kumar, said that despite the top court granting her relief of no coercive action in series of false cases lodged against her on February 19, 2019, which was extended from time to time, she has been implicated in new cases.  Petitioner submits that such FIRs are kept secret as long as possible only to emerge suddenly to harass the applicant/petitioner and to keep her entangled in Court proceedings at every moment and, consequentially, to prevent her from pursuing her political career, she said.  Giving the details of a FIR lodged against her at Keshpur police station for alleged voluntary causing hurt, wrongful restraint and attempt to murder and under provisions of Representation of People's Act, she said that case was lodged during Parliamentary elections on May 12, 2019.  Ghosh said that she was a BJP candidate from Ghatal Parliamentary constituency in 2019 Lok Sabha polls and alleged that she was attacked by the goons from Trinamool Congress party at each and every polling booth and police remained mute spectators. 

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Mar 08, 2021 - 19:51 (IST)

Hand gloves for voters, PPEs for COVID-19 infected in TN Assembly polls

COVID-19 infected voters would be given personal protective equipment (PPE) kits while others hand gloves for casting their votes in the elections to Tamil Nadu Assembly next month as part of preventive measures in view of the pandemic, state Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo said in Chennai on Monday.  On the day of polling, every voter would be given hand gloves before voting to ensure there was no chance of transmission of infection through the Electronic Voting Machine, he said.  All other norms to help prevent COVID-19, including screening people with thermal scanners, would be followed during the polling on 6 April, the official told a press conference at the Secretariat.  "People must go to polling stations wearing mask," he said adding public should follow social distancing as well.

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Mar 08, 2021 - 19:32 (IST)

BJP announces two more candidates

BJP fields Rupesh Gowala from Doom Dooma constituency in Assam and Kamalkanta Hansda from West Bengal's Kashipur.

Mar 08, 2021 - 19:24 (IST)

AINRC mulls whether to join hands with BJP or go it alone

AINRC founder leader N Rangasamy, who has been remaining silent on the issue of alliance for the polls, held several rounds of talks with the office-bearers of his party to enlist their views on whether to join hands with the BJP or go it alone like in 2016. Sources close to Rangasamy told PTI that no decision had been taken so far. Rangasamy is reportedly not happy with the BJP seeking to project former minister A Namassivayam, who joined the party after resigning from Narayanasamy ministry, as the CM candidate of the alliance. AINRC had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha polls to the lone Parliament seat here in alliance with BJP and the AIADMK but the Congress candidate had emerged victorious then.

PTI

Mar 08, 2021 - 19:09 (IST)

Mamata Banerjee to file nomination papers from Nandigram on 10 March

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will file her nomination papers from the Nandigram seat on 10 March , while her rival and BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari will do the same two days later, as the stage is set for the Battle Royale in the constituency.  After the release of the party manifesto on Tuesday, the Trinamool Congress supremo would leave for Nandigram in the evening and file her nomination papers the next day, party sources told news agency PTI.  She would then attend a workers' meet and return to Kolkata on 11 March 
 
 Adhikari, whose name was announced as the BJP candidate from the seat on Saturday, will file the nomination on 12 March . "After filing nomination papers, he will address a rally there," BJP leader Kanishka Panda said.
 
PTI

Mar 08, 2021 - 18:58 (IST)

Congress, DMK hold second round seat-sharing talks in Puducherry

The Congress and DMK on Monday held their second round of seat sharing talks for the 6 April Puducherry Assembly elections and a pact is likely to be reached soon after top leadership-level parleys. A day after the first round of discussions, leaders of the two parties again met at the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) office .  Emerging from the 45-minute-long deliberations, former chief minister V Narayanasamy told reporters that the DMK delegates informed them about the number of seats the party wanted out of the 30 constituencies in the Union Territory. Declining to make public the quantum demanded by the DMK, he said they would place all the details before the All India Congress Committee.  Narayanasamy and PCC president A V Subramanian among others represented the Congress, while the DMK fielded its convenors SP Sivakumar and R Siva for the talks.  He said AICC General Secretary Dinesh Gundu Rao would have talks with DMK president M K Stalin in Chennai and a final decision on the seat sharing would be taken by Tuesday.

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Assembly elections 2021 Latest updates: Seeking to punch holes in DMK's vision document, the BJP in Tamil Nadu on Monday claimed several assurances mirrored programmes being implemented by the Narendra Modi-led NDA government, and dared the Dravidian party to rework it and promise to rid the state of dynastic politics.

Mocking DMK president MK Stalin over the ten-year vision document that would be implemented if his party was voted to power in the 6 April Assembly elections, BJP state chief L Murugan asked whether the DMK would assure a Scheduled Caste member would be made the chief minister if it won.

A day after Stalin released the document focusing on seven key areas for the state's growth at a packed DMK rally in Tiruchirappalli, the BJP leader posed as many questions to the former. "My seven questions for Stalin also include will he redraft the promises and assure to end dynasty politics, not to grab lands offarmers and to eliminate corruption," Murugan told reporters here, in an apparent reference to charges faced by the DMK.

BJP has fielded Rupesh Gowala from Doom Dooma constituency in Assam and Kamalkanta Hansda from West Bengal's Kashipur.

COVID-19 infected voters would be given personal protective equipment (PPE) kits while others hand gloves for casting their votes in the elections to Tamil Nadu Assembly next month as part of preventive measures in view of the pandemic, state Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo said in Chennai on Monday.

The Congress and DMK on Monday held their second round of seat sharing talks for the 6 April Puducherry Assembly elections. Former chief minister V  Narayansamy said AICC General Secretary Dinesh Gundu Rao would have talks with DMK president M K Stalin in Chennai and a final decision on the seat sharing would be taken by Tuesday.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will file her nomination papers from the Nandigram seat on 10 March , while her rival and BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari will do the same two days later, as the stage is set for the Battle Royale in the constituency.

TTV Dhinakaran's Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) has joined hands with Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM for the upcoming assembly polls in Tamil Nadu. “In the alliance led by the AMMK, Asaduddin Owaisi, MP and the AIMIM Party led by him has been allotted three constituencies in Tamil Nadu, namely Vaniyambadi, Krishnagiri and Sankarapuram,” Dhinakaran said in a press release.

BJP will not announce the chief ministerial candidate before the Assam polls and a decision in this regard will be taken by its Parliamentary Board at the time of forming the next government, the saffron party state unit president Ranjeet Kumar Dass said.

 TMC MLAs Sonali Guha, Dipendu Biswas, Rabindranath Bhattacharya and Jatu Lahiri joined the BJP, said reports. Sarla Murmu, who was replaced as the TMC candidate from Habibpur earlier in the day, also joined the saffron party.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for "spreading lies and canards" against the TMC government, and said voters, this time, would witness 'Didi versus BJP' fight in all 294 constituencies of the poll-bound state.

Taking a dig at Modi over inclusion of his picture in COVID-19 vaccination certificates, she said the "day wasn't far when the country will be named after him".

Asserting that she will return to power for the third consecutive time in Bengal, the feisty TMC boss said, "The fight is between me and the BJP in all 294 seats." "They (BJP leaders) will come to Bengal only during elections and spread canards and lies. He is lecturing us on women's safety. What is the situation of women in BJP-ruled states? What is the situation in Modi's favourite Gujarat?

"The prime minister has named a stadium after him. He has put his photographs on COVID-19 vaccination certificates.

A day will come when the country will be named after him," Banerjee, who led a rally in Kolkata on the occasion of International Women's Day, stated.

Rebutting the PM's claim that women do not feel safe in Bengal, she said, "Had that been the case, they wouldn't have been able to move around freely at night."

Hitting out at the PM, Banerjee also said that Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah should shift focus on BJP- ruled states, including 'model state' Gujarat, "where, media reports suggest, four rapes and two killings have been recorded every day over the past two years."

The TMC rally, which commenced in College Square area in central Kolkata, concluded near Dorina crossing, five kilometres away. Senior party leaders Chandrima Bhattacharyaa and Mala Roy joined the march.

Among others, actresses and now TMC candidates June Maliya, Saayoni Ghosh and Sayantika Banerjee were also seen taking part in the rally.

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