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Assembly Elections 2021 updates: PM Modi vows 'poribartan' in Bengal; Kerala known for corruption under LDF, claims Shah

Kerala Assembly Elections 2021 Live Updates: The Union Home Minister also slammed the Left-led ruling alliance LDF and the Congress-led alliance UDF over corruption cases during their regimes in the state

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Assembly Elections 2021 updates: PM Modi vows 'poribartan' in Bengal; Kerala known for corruption under LDF, claims Shah

Narendra Modi addressed a rally in Kolkata on Sunday. Twitter@NarendraModi

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Mar 07, 2021 - 20:13 (IST)

Ten regional parties extend support to AIADMK

Ten smaller outfits, including the former Member of Parliament, A C Shanmugam-led Puthiya Needhi Katchi, on Sunday extended their support to the AIADMK for the 6 April Tamil Nadu Assembly elections, the ruling party said.

Perunthalaivar Makkal Katchi's N R Dhanapalan, Akila Indiya Moovendar Munnani Kazhagam founder leader N Sethuraman, Pasumpon Desiya Kazhagam leader N Jothi Muthuramalinga Thevar, were among those who promised support to the AIADMK.

Bharatiya Forward Block's Muruganji, Indiya Uzhavar Uzhaipalar party leader Vettavalam K Manigandan, Tamil Maanila Muslim League president S Sheikh Dawood, Inidya Desiya Kudiyarasu Katchi's founder chief C Ambedkar Priyan, Veera Mutharaiyar Munnetra Sangam's KK Selvakumar and Tamil Telugu Desiya Katchi's EVS Ramkumar Naidu were the others who pledged the backing of their respective outfits to the AIADMK.

Mar 07, 2021 - 19:59 (IST)

'Cannot understand' the Congress' politics, says Amit Shah

"I cannot understand the Congress. In Kerala, they are fighting against the communists. In West Bengal, they have an alliance with them. Congress has allied with the Muslim League and ISF in Kerala and West Bengal but in Maharashtra they are with Shiv Sena. What is going on?" the Union Home Minister said in his rally on Sunday.

"When the communists attacked Aiyappa devotees then Congress stayed silent. Sabarimala Temple should function as per the wishes of Aiyappa devotees and not according to the government," he added.

He concluded his speech by saying, "If you give BJP five years, then we will make Kerala the number 1 state in the country."

Mar 07, 2021 - 19:53 (IST)

Only BJP can make Kerala 'aatmanirbhar', says Amit Shah

Amit Shah on Sunday said that the UDF and LDF alliances cannot take Kerala forward. "Only the BJP can form an Aatmanirbhar Kerala under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi," he added.

Mar 07, 2021 - 19:29 (IST)

Kerala known for 'corruption, political violence' due to LDF, UDF govts: Amit Shah

Amit Shah slammed the Left-led ruling alliance LDF and the Congress-led alliance UDF in his rally in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday. 

He also questioned Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan over corruption cases in the state. Referring to the gold smuggling case and dollar smuggling case, he said, "I would like to ask a few questions to the CM of Kerala to which he must answer publicly: Did the chief accused in the dollar and gold smuggling case work under you in your office? When UDF comes, it does the Solar scam. When LDF comes, it does the Dollar scam. They're both competing in how corrupt they can be!"

"Kerala was the first state to defeat illiteracy and build tourism as an industry. However, today, with UDF-LDF, it has turned into the centre-stage of political violence and corruption," he added.

Mar 07, 2021 - 19:15 (IST)

Amit Shah lauds 'Metro man' E Sreedharan

The Union Home Minister on Sunday lauded E Sreedharan, who is credited with developing the metro rail system across the country. Sreedharan joined the saffron party in February and said that he would be open to becoming the chief minister if the BJP wins the upcoming polls.

Mar 07, 2021 - 19:05 (IST)

Amit Shah welcomes attendees of BJP's Vijay Yatra in Kerala

The Union Home Minister began his address as part of the valecdictory event of the BJP's Vijay Yatra in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday evening.

Mar 07, 2021 - 18:43 (IST)

Amit Shah to address rally in Kerala shortly

Union Home Minister Amit Shah is on a two-state visit, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, as part of the BJP's Assembly poll campaign. Shah, who met 27 mutt leaders from across Kerala in Thiruvananthapuram, will address the BJP's 'Vijay Yatra' shortly.

'Metro man' E Sreedharan is also present at the venue.

Mar 07, 2021 - 18:38 (IST)

Decision to join TMC was wrong, says Mithun Chakraborty

"I will work for the poor, just like I have portrayed myself in films. I have helped many off screen but I never publicised it. BJP is trying to do something for the poor and If I am trying to help the poor then I need some help. I need to hold someone's hand," said actor Mithun Chakraborty on Sunday after he joined the saffron party.

"My politics may be extreme but I am not with extremists. I won't blame anyone but my choice to join TMC was wrong," says Chakraborty.

Mar 07, 2021 - 18:13 (IST)

Mamata Banerjee asks Hemant Soren to campaign for her in Bengal polls

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren has been requested by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee to campaign for her in the West Bengal Assembly election, PTI reported. adding that Soren's party has said that it will take a decision soon, "keeping in mind the objective of giving a pushback to the BJP's poll prospects".

The development assumes significance as the JMM is an alliance government with the Congress in Jharkhand and the Sonia Gandhi-led party has tied up with the Left and the Indian Secular Front in West Bengal against the BJP and the TMC.

After the Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Samajwadi Party and the Shiv Sena, Banerjee had said last week that the TMC has received support from the JMM and the Nationalist Congress Party for the Assembly polls.

Mar 07, 2021 - 17:58 (IST)

Congress says won't seek share in power if DMK wins Tamil Nadu polls

Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president K S Alagiri on Sunday said his party did not intend seeking a share in power if the DMK is elected after the 6 April Assembly polls. He expressed joy over the Congress getting 25 seats from the Dravidian partner. His party has, however, sought a Rajya Sabha seat from the DMK, the TNCC leader said

After signing the seat sharing agreement with DMK chief MK Stalin, Alagiri, all smiles, told reporters that the conclusion of the deal has given his party "huge enthusaism and joy".

Asked if there was a chance for the Congress to seek a share in power if the DMK was voted into office —  as there was speculation of BJP making such a demand with the AIADMK — he said, "No, we have no such intention."


Assembly election 2021 Latest Updates: Amit Shah slammed the Left-led ruling alliance LDF and the Congress-led alliance UDF in his rally in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday.

He also questioned Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan over corruption cases in the state. Referring to the gold smuggling case and dollar smuggling case, he said, "I would like to ask a few questions to the CM of Kerala to which he must answer publicly: Did the chief accused in the dollar and gold smuggling case work under you in your office? When UDF comes, it does the Solar scam. When LDF comes, it does the Dollar scam. They're both competing in how corrupt they can be!"

"Kerala was the first state to defeat illiteracy and build tourism as an industry. However, today, with UDF-LDF, it has turned into the centre-stage of political violence and corruption," he added.

The Union Home Minister on Sunday lauded E Sreedharan, who is credited with developing the metro rail system across the country. Sreedharan joined the saffron party in February and said that he would be open to becoming the chief minister if the BJP wins the upcoming polls.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah is on a two-state visit, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, as part of the BJP's Assembly poll campaign. Shah, who met 27 mutt leaders from across Kerala in Thiruvananthapuram, will address the BJP's 'Vijay Yatra' shortly.

'Metro man' E Sreedharan is also present at the venue.

Actor Mithun Chaktraborty, who joined the BJP in Kolkata on Sunday, said that he will join the party's campaign on 12 March.

"The campaign will begin on 12th March. I will join. If you have watched Fatakeshto (film series), you would know," he said, on being asked about his role in BJP.

He added, "I am a pure cobra. You will be finished in one bite. Now, remember the new slogan — Ek chhobole chhobi (One bite and you will become a photo)."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the BJP is West Bengal's "preferred choice", as he thanked the people of Kolkata for their participation in his rally on Sunday.

West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh slammed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee after Prime MInister Narendra Modi's rally in Kolkata on Sunday.

"Modi has spelled out what he wants for Bengal. We will build that Bengal. All that Mamata Banerjee is doing is tamasha. They are counting down her days," he said.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday launched his party's campaign for the 6 April Lok Sabha bypoll here and exuded confidence that the party would not only win here, but that the NDA in Tamil Nadu will emerge victorious in the Assembly elections too next month.

The BJP, which is part of the AIADMK-led NDA in Tamil Nadu, has fielded former Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan as its candidate for the bypoll.

Launching the party's campaign from Suseendiram in this Kanyakumari district, Shah said he was confident that a coalition government of the NDA will come to power in the state after the Assembly polls.

Speaking in Siliguri, Mamata Banerjee said that Poribortan (change) will happen in Delhi, not in Bengal. She also claimed that women are safe in Bengal and sought to draw attention to states such as Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

The TMC has pushed Bengal towards division instead of development and divided people on religious lines, alleges Modi.

Modi said that Mamata Banerjee is not the same person who raised her voice against the Left and referred to the TMC having broken off from the Congress.

Modi takes jibe at Mamata Banerjee over her video riding a scooty in protest against fuel price hike. "It is good that you have not fallen(from the scooty), otherwise you would've made the state in which it has become a scooty, would have made that state its enemy," he says.

Modi exhorted the crowd to chant slogans against corruption, tolaabaazi, syndicate, unemployment and violence, terrorism and injustice. "Bengal had chosen you in the role of 'Didi' but why did you limit yourself to the aunt of only one nephew, Modi asks," targeting Mamata Banerjee and her nephew.

Modi alleged that the democratic system has been destroyed in the state and promised that the BJP will strengthen this system.

Next 25 years important for Bengal's development and the next five years will form the foundation for the next 25 years. This time you will vote for taking Bengal to the new heights, Modi says.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata has begun where he addressing the 'Brigade Cholo Rally' in front of a massive crowd. Modi's first rally after the poll notification for the Assembly elections was issued in the state will kick start the election season momentum in the state.

Suvendu Adhikari, who switched to the BJP from the TMC, slammed his former party at the Brigade Parade Ground. "TMC is not a political party, it has become a private limited company. Its chairman is called Mamata Banerjee and its MD is Tolabaaz Bhaipo," he said, referring to Banerjee's nephew.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has landed at the Kolkata airport, said reports. Modis is likely to begin his address at the Brigade Parade Ground at 2 pm.

Actor Mithun Chakraborty joined the BJP ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's scheduled address at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will sharpen BJP's campaign for the high-octane assembly elections in West Bengal with a mega rally at the Brigade Parade Grounds in Kolkata on Sunday.

The prime minister's Sunday rally is said to be culmination of the "Parivartan Yatra" launched by the saffron party in the poll-bound Bengal in February this year.

"The prime minister will set the tone of the election campaign with a rally at Brigade grounds," a BJP leader said.

Sunday's rally will be the first major event of the saffron party in West Bengal after declaration of eight-phase elections in the state. The BJP has planned to make it a grand success with a record crowd presence which the iconic ground has never witnessed.

The BJP, which was scheduled to come out with the candidate list for the first two phases on Friday, had decided to postpone it for the brigade rally.

"We have decided to postpone the release of the candidate list for the brigade rally. Once it is over, we would come out with our list," BJP leader Rahul Sinha said.

Along with Modi several top senior BJP leaders will be present at the rally. BJP sources told news agency PTI that the rally might also throw up surprises as a few noted personalities including Bollywood actor Mithun Chakraborty might be present on the dais.

Once considered close to the CPM, Chakraborty was Rajya Sabha MP for the TMC for few years, before resigning expressing desire to quit politics.

Chakraborty's participation in Modi's brigade parade ground rallyhas generated considerable interest among BJP supporters turning out for the mega event, according to the news agency.

Chakraborty met BJP national general secretary in- charge of West Bengal Kailash Vijayvargiya after arriving in Kolkata on Saturday evening.

Modi will be addressing the mega poll rally as West Bengal heads for an eight-phase assembly election starting 27 March.

BJP state president Dilip Ghosh has claimed that the election rally will be attended by nearly 10 lakh people.

 

With inputs from PTI

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