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April 09, 2021 / 10:22 PM IST

Assembly Elections 2021 Highlights : SC dismisses plea for probe into alleged attack on Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram

Assembly Elections 2021 Highlights : Voting took place in a single phase in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on April 6, while voters in Assam cast their votes in three phases. The next phase of voting in West Bengal will happen on April 10. Catch the latest updates of the poll campaign here

Assembly Elections 2021 Highlights : It’s the assembly elections season in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and the Union Territory of Puducherry. Polling happened in a single phase in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on April 6, while voters in Assam cast their votes in three phases. Polling in Bengal is happening in eight phases. Of these, three phases have concluded. The next phase will
take place on April 10. The election campaign and canvassing has continued there in full swing. Counting of votes in all states will happen on May 2. In Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress is fighting to keep the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s surge at bay. The saffron party has shown a dramatic electoral rise in the state over the last few years. In Assam, the state’s governing BJP is hoping to retain power even as it faces ‘Mahajot’, the joint opposition alliance comprising the Congress, AIUDF and other regional parties. Congress and the Left Front, which are allies in Bengal, are competing for power in Kerala. The Congress-led UDF and the ruling LDF have been winning alternate elections since the early 1980s. Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK has continued its alliance with the BJP amid a challenge from MK Stalin-led DMK and its alliance partners. However, one of the key things to watch out for in the southern state is how some of the smaller parties – including that of actor Kamal Haasan and TTV Dhinakaran’s AMMK – may impact the poll outcome. With their government having collapsed due to defections weeks before the election, V Narayanasamy-led Congress is battling the BJP-NR Congress alliance in Puducherry.
  • April 09, 2021 / 10:16 PM IST

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  • April 09, 2021 / 09:21 PM IST

    Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | HC stays proceedings against DMK MP

    The Madras High Court on Friday restrained Deputy Registrar of Co-operative Societies from taking any final decision in a case alleging misappropriation of funds by MP and DMK Organising Secretary R S Bharathi. The alleged misappropriation took place during Bharathi''s tenure as president of the Nanganallur Cooperative Housing Society. A Division Bench of Justices M M Sundresh and R N Manjula granted the injunction while passing interim orders on an appeal moved by Bharathi, a Rajya Sabha member. It was alleged that the Board of Directors of the Society had committed irregularities in providing water connections to the residents in the jurisdictional area and assigned printing of materials to a private press. An enquiry had been ordered. While so, the present chairman of the Society, an AIADMK functionary, moved the High Court and a single judge on August 14, 2020 had directed the Deputy Registrar to go ahead with the enquiry and pass appropriate orders within a time-frame. Aggrieved, Bharathy filed the present appeal. He contended that he was not even shown as a party- respondent in the writ petition. The entire issue was raked up due to political vendetta, he said.

  • April 09, 2021 / 08:21 PM IST

    Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates |  Election Commission removes Asoke Chakraborty, currently posted as OSD in an ex-cadre post in the rank of SP in Directorate of Security, WestBengal, with immediate effect. 

  • April 09, 2021 / 08:07 PM IST

    Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Amit Shah holds roadshow in Bengal's Jaggadal

    Senior BJP leader and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday took part in a colourful roadshow at Jagaddal in West Bengal''s North 24 Parganas district.
    Shah waved at the crowd from atop a truck which was decked up with flowers and the BJP''s symbol, lotus. A large number of people converged on Ghoshpara Road as they walked following a convoy of vehicles to cover a distance of over a kilometre in the town which is part of the Barrackpore industrial belt.

  • April 09, 2021 / 07:25 PM IST

    Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates |  Assam to order probe into ''spotting of polling officers with ballot papers''

    The Cachar district administration in Assam on Friday said it will conduct an enquiry into media reports that a few "election officers" were spotted with ballot papers here. A preliminary investigation revealed that no official engaged in the polling process was involved in the reported incident, district Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli told PTI. According to the media reports, the "polling officers were seen with ballot papers on Thursday night". "Election officers do not discharge their duties at night. Since a section of media reported that a few election officers were spotted with ballot papers last night, we will order an enquiry into it," she said. Silchar constituency went to the poll in the second phase of the assembly elections on April 1. There have been some confusing reports by the media in connection with the issuance of postal ballots twice to a voter, the district administration said in a statement.

  • April 09, 2021 / 06:56 PM IST

    Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates |  BJP, TMC workers clash over tearing of posters in Kolkata

    A clash broke out between members of the Trinamool Congress and the BJP in Chetla area of Kolkata, considered to be the bastion of senior state minister Firhad Hakim, after posters of saffron party candidate Rudranil Ghosh were found torn in the locality, police said. The two sides hurled stones at each other leaving a few persons injured around Thursday midnight when Ghosh, along with BJP workers, was going to Chetla police station to lodge a complaint regarding the tearing of posters.


  • April 09, 2021 / 06:46 PM IST

    Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | BJP President JP Nadda campaigning in Bardhaman, West Bengal 

    Mamata Banerjee says she’s the daughter & sister of Bengal. Wasn’t Shobha Majumdar a mother? Why didn’t she care about her? Human trafficking, acid attacks,& rape cases are record high here. Is this the Bengal you(public) want to see?: BJP President JP Nadda in Bardhaman, West Bengal

  • April 09, 2021 / 04:37 PM IST

    Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Polling parties gather at an EVM distribution centre in Alipore ahead of the fourth phase of West Bengal Elections tomorrow

  • April 09, 2021 / 03:51 PM IST

    Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | A look at seats won by political parties in West Bengal in the last five Assembly polls

      Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates |  A look at seats won by political parties in West Bengal in the last five Assembly polls
  • April 09, 2021 / 03:33 PM IST

    Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Union Minister and BJP leader Babul Supriyo on Twitter: "TMC came into power with the 3M - Maa, Maati, Manush model, but eventually turned it into a 'Money Making Machine'. For 10 years, Bengal suffered from tyranny and loot by TMC. Bengal has now decided to bring Real Change."

  • April 09, 2021 / 03:13 PM IST

    Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Will continue speaking about CPRF interference till it stops working for BJP: Mamata Banerjee

    Reacting sharply to the notice served on her by the Election Commission of India for her comments over central forces intimidating voters, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee today hit out at the poll panel, saying that she would continue speaking about CRPF interference till it stops working for the BJP. Iterating that the ECI was working at the behest of the BJP, Banerjee said, the prime minister campaigns on polling days, yet there is no ruling that he has violated the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). She was speaking at a rally at Jamalpur in Purba Bardhaman. (PTI)

  • April 09, 2021 / 02:56 PM IST

    Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) securing booths and activating QRT (quick response team) parties in Chandannagar constituency