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 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.