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March 23, 2021 / 07:14 AM IST

Assembly Elections 2021 News Highlights | Govt to implement all clauses of Bodo accord in 30 months: Amit Shah in Assam

Assembly Elections 2021 Highlights: Catch latest updates of the poll campaign in all four states and the Union Territory

Elections 2021 Highlights: Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and the Union Territory of Puducherry will be heading for assembly elections over the next few weeks. Polling will happen in a single phase in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on April 6. While voters in Assam will cast their ballots in three phases, polling in Bengal will happen across eight phases. Counting of
votes in all states will happen on May 2. With days to go before the first votes are cast, the election campaign and canvassing is now gathering steam. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is hoping to retain power in Assam even as it faces ‘Mahajot’, the joint opposition alliance comprising the Congress, AIUDF and other regional parties. In Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress is fighting to keep BJP’s surge at bay. The saffron party has shown a dramatic electoral rise in the state over the last few years. Congress and the Left Front, which are allies in West 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.
  • March 22, 2021 / 10:52 PM IST

     Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Govt to implement all clauses of Bodo accord in 30 months: Amit Shah in Assam

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said all clauses of the Bodo Accord signed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi''s Government last year will be implemented within two-and-a-half years. Addressing an election rally at Udalguri under the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR), Shah said that after the signing of the Accord, it was decided that all insurgents will lay down arms and the centre will ensure all-round development of the region.

    "Each promise made by the central and state government in the Bodo Accord will be fulfilled and all clauses implemented within two-and-a-half years. We want peace and development in Bodo areas", he said. Bodo youths instead of "picking up guns must use the computer to compete globally and instead of using hand grenades, should contribute to developing the nation," Shah said.


  • March 22, 2021 / 09:33 PM IST

    Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | EC reviews poll preparedness in Assam

    "Election Commission of India (ECI) today reviewed poll preparedness for General Elections to Assam Legislative Assembly 2021. Meeting was chaired by Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora,in presence of Election Commissioners Sushil Chandra and Rajiv Kumar at Tezpur and Guwahati," the polling body said.

    "Chief Election Commissioner Sh Sunil Arora directed all the officials to ensure that elections in the State of Assam are conducted in a peaceful, free and fair and safe manner with high voter turnout," ECI further added.

  • March 22, 2021 / 08:47 PM IST

    Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Election Commission's flying squad on March 22 searched Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan's vehicle in Tamil Nadu's Tanjavur district. Haasan was on his way to Trichy for a public meeting.

  • March 22, 2021 / 08:31 PM IST

     Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Indian economy was weak after demonetisation and GST, it collapsed after COVID: Rahul Gandhi in Kerala

    "Due to demonetisation and GST, the Indian economy was damaged. It was already weak and after COVID it collapsed. Government now doesn't have money so they are forcibly taking money from your pocket to run the government," Congress Rahul Gandhi said, during an interaction with students in Kochi.

  • March 22, 2021 / 08:02 PM IST

    Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Gramer Suresh, AIADMK Madurai leader and state youth coordinator of MGR Organization was expelled from party today for 'anti-party activities', news agency ANI reported. Suresh filed his nomination as an independent candidate as he was not given AIADMK ticket to contest in the upcoming Tamil Nadu assembly polls.

  • March 22, 2021 / 07:23 PM IST

    Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Congress releases list of star campaigners for third phase of West Bengal polls

  • March 22, 2021 / 07:19 PM IST

     Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Congress' Kerala unit vice president K C Rosakutty resigns from party ahead of polls

    In yet another blow to the Congress in poll-bound Kerala, AICC member and KPCC Vice- President K C Rosakutty on Monday resigned from the party''s primary membershipand decided to associate with the ruling CPI(M)-led LDF. "I have taken this decision after long deliberations. I am fed up with the factional wars in the party and hence decided to resign," Rosakutty said, ending her over 37-year association with the grand old party.

    Pointing that the party of late has been sidelining women and it cannot be accepted, she said,adding Bindu Krishna, had to break into tears before the media before she was named the party candidate from Kollam, for the April6 Assembly polls in the state. She also said what happened to Lathika Subhash, who a few days ago had resigned from the party and tonsured her head in protest after being denied a ticket to contest from Ettumanoor in Kottayam district, had pained her. (PTI)

  • March 22, 2021 / 06:28 PM IST

     Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | BJP releases manifesto for Tamil Nadu polls

    The Bharatiya Janata Party released the manifesto for the upcoming Tamil Nadu assembly elections 2021. The document was released by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. Here are the key highlights:

    • Greater Chennai will be divided into three Corporations like Delhi.
    • Legislative Council will be brought back.
    • Indian Citizenship for Sri Lankan Tamils living in the Refugee Camps of India.

  • March 22, 2021 / 05:46 PM IST

    Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Brother of Trinamool leader sent to ED custody till April 4

    A Special Court in Delhi has sent Vikas Mishra, brother of Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Vinay Mishra, to judicial custody till April 4, news agency ANI reported. He was recently arrested by the Enforcement Directorate, in connection with the coal mining case.

  • March 22, 2021 / 04:58 PM IST

     Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | For Rahul Gandhi, visiting Assam is 'picnic', says Amit Shah 

    "Recently, Rahul baba visited Assam. For him, visiting Assam is nothing more than a picnic. When he talks about labourers, I feel like laughing, as Congress didn't do anything for tea garden workers during the time they were in power," Union Home Minister Amit Shah said in Udalguri, Assam.

  • March 22, 2021 / 04:26 PM IST

    Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | "There's BJP and AGP on one side, Congress and Badruddin Ajmal's party on the other. All Congress does is 'latkana', 'atkana' and 'bhatkana' while we protect, fight for your rights and help you prosper. You must decide what you want," BJP chief JP Nadda said while campaigning in Assam's Behali.

  • March 22, 2021 / 03:57 PM IST

    Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Identity politics, corruption and nepotism: Key issues in West Bengal polls

    The heat in poll-bound Bengal is unprecedented at the moment and can be compared to what we saw during the 2011 assembly election when Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress came to power ending a 34-year Left Front rule.

    While West Bengal has always been a state where 'class not caste' and 'development not appeasement' has been the poll plank, the shift in the narrative of the two dominant parties in fray is hard to miss.

    Read the full story here

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