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West Bengal parties mull anti-BJP alliance: TMC asks CPM, Congress to back Mamata; INC says join forces with us
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West Bengal parties mull anti-BJP alliance: TMC asks CPM, Congress to back Mamata; INC says join forces with us

The BJP, which has emerged as a potent force in the state, said the TMC's suggestion amounted to admission that it was not in a position to take on the saffron party on its own in the assembly polls in West Bengal due in April-May

Are the Left and Congress playing China’s game?
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Are the Left and Congress playing China’s game?

Punjab railway lines were blocked, cutting off supplies to the critical Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. The exchequer has lost more than Rs 30,000 crore. Who gains from all this?

Meet Arya Rajendran, India's youngest mayor: 21-year-old CPM member vows to prioritise healthcare, continue her studies
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Meet Arya Rajendran, India's youngest mayor: 21-year-old CPM member vows to prioritise healthcare, continue her studies

Arya is a second year BSc mathematics student at the All Saints College in Thiruvananthapuram and is also a state committee member of the Students Federation of India. She is also the state president of Balasangam, the children's wing of the CPM

Thiruvananthapuram's Arya Rajendran set to become India's youngest mayor; 21-year-old won 2,872 votes in Kerala ULB polls
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Thiruvananthapuram's Arya Rajendran set to become India's youngest mayor; 21-year-old won 2,872 votes in Kerala ULB polls

The Thiruvananthapuram district secretariat of the ruling CPM recommended the 21-year-old BSC student's name for the post of mayor, which has to be ratified by the party's state secretariat

EC starts preparation for five Assembly polls due in April-May 2021, sends officials to West Bengal and Tamil Nadu
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EC starts preparation for five Assembly polls due in April-May 2021, sends officials to West Bengal and Tamil Nadu

A high-stakes political battle is expected in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry, where the terms of legislative Assemblies will end between May and June

Rajasthan urban local body polls: Congress beats BJP, bags 620 ward councillor posts
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Rajasthan urban local body polls: Congress beats BJP, bags 620 ward councillor posts

While the BJP won 548 posts, Independent candidates bagged 595 of the total 1,775 ward councillor posts for which results were declared

Congress-led UDF, BJP move Kerala EC over Pinarayi Vijayan's announcement of free COVID-19 vaccine
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Congress-led UDF, BJP move Kerala EC over Pinarayi Vijayan's announcement of free COVID-19 vaccine

The Opposition parties said that Vijayan's statement violated MCC as local body polls are set to be held on Monday

Kerala municipal polls see influx of independent candidates pledging transparency and direct democracy
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Kerala municipal polls see influx of independent candidates pledging transparency and direct democracy

Most of these movements are new, some being formed in the last few months , but are mostly helmed by those with some experience in social work or activism

Kerala Local Body Election 2020 Date: Three-phase polling between 8 and 14 Dec; counting on 16 Dec
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Kerala Local Body Election 2020 Date: Three-phase polling between 8 and 14 Dec; counting on 16 Dec

Adhering to COVID-19 protocols, a total of 88,26,620 electors, including 46,68,209 women and 70 transgenders, would exercise their franchise in 11,225 polling stations in the first phase, State Election Commission officials said

CPM, CPI, and 3 others ask state units to organise agitations in support of farmers protesting at Delhi borders
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CPM, CPI, and 3 others ask state units to organise agitations in support of farmers protesting at Delhi borders

The Left parties also demanded that the Centre accede to the protesting farmers' demands, saying that they "aim to safeguard Indian agriculture, food security, and remunerative returns"

Rahul Gandhi holds virtual meet with Bengal leaders to discuss Left-Congress alliance for 2021 polls
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Rahul Gandhi holds virtual meet with Bengal leaders to discuss Left-Congress alliance for 2021 polls

According to the state Congress leadership, Gandhi inquired about the seat-sharing deal between the two parties

Kerala Police Act Amendment put on hold by Pinarayi Vijayan government; similarities to scrapped 66A, 118(d) exist
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Kerala Police Act Amendment put on hold by Pinarayi Vijayan government; similarities to scrapped 66A, 118(d) exist

The LDF government's claim of passing the law to protect women and children from cyber bullying or abuse falls flat as existing laws too provide for the same

Under fire, Pinarayi Vijayan-led Kerala govt puts on hold controversial amendment to Police Act
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Under fire, Pinarayi Vijayan-led Kerala govt puts on hold controversial amendment to Police Act

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that a detailed discussion will be held in the Assembly on the matter

Kerala guv signs controversial ordinance to amend Police Act; will curb freedom of expression, claims Oppn
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Kerala guv signs controversial ordinance to amend Police Act; will curb freedom of expression, claims Oppn

The law stipulates imprisonment for up to 5 years or a fine of up to Rs 10,000 or both to those who make content with intention to intimidate through social media

Kerala gold smuggling case: In audio clip, Swapna Suresh claims pressure from Central agencies to name Pinarayi Vijayan
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Kerala gold smuggling case: In audio clip, Swapna Suresh claims pressure from Central agencies to name Pinarayi Vijayan

However, Union Minister of State V Muraleedharan and the state Congress slammed the Left front government, alleging it was a "political plot" to divert attention from corruption charges ahead of the local body elections next month

Amit Shah, JP Nadda to visit West Bengal at least two days every month till 2021 Assembly polls
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Amit Shah, JP Nadda to visit West Bengal at least two days every month till 2021 Assembly polls

The two senior BJP leaders will visit the state to take stock of the party organisation ahead of the elections to the 294-member Assembly due in April-May next year

Congress, CPM plan outreach to minorities in West Bengal to stop march of AIMIM
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Congress, CPM plan outreach to minorities in West Bengal to stop march of AIMIM

The two parties on Tuesday night held a two-hour-long meeting to determine the strategy for the next Assembly polls

LDF stages 'people's protests' across Kerala, accuses Centre of blocking development projects via probe agencies
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LDF stages 'people's protests' across Kerala, accuses Centre of blocking development projects via probe agencies

The "Janakeeya Koottayma" (people's gathering) was held from 5 pm to 6 pm at 25,000 centres and the Front claimed that around 25 lakh people participated

Kerala CPM secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan steps down ahead of local body polls, cites health issues
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Kerala CPM secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan steps down ahead of local body polls, cites health issues

The development comes in the wake of Balakrishnan's son being arrested by the Enforcement Directorate at Bengaluru in a money laundering case

Bihar Assembly election result 2020: Redemption for Tejashwi or another term for Nitish; today's counting to decide
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Bihar Assembly election result 2020: Redemption for Tejashwi or another term for Nitish; today's counting to decide

Most exit polls have predicted a rout for the ruling JD(U)-BJP combine and a resounding victory for Grand Alliance led by Tejashwi, whose party drew a blank in the 2019 general elections