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March 26, 2021 / 11:03 PM IST

Assembly Elections 2021 News Highlights: WB, Assam set for first phase polling, CM Sonowal among contestants

Assembly Elections 2021 News Highlights: The first phase of voting will happen tomorrow. Catch latest updates of the poll campaign in all four states and the Union Territory

Elections 2021 News 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. The first
phase of voting will happen tomorrow. The election campaign and canvassing is gathering steam. Counting of votes in all states will happen on May 2. 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.
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  • March 26, 2021 / 10:52 PM IST

    Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | WB, Assam set for 1st phase polling on Saturday, CM Sonowal among contestants

    Politically volatile states of West Bengal and Assam will go to polls in the first phase of assembly elections on Saturday amid a resurgent COVID-19 crisis to decide the fate of a number of top politicians including Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

    The assembly elections to the two states apart from Tamil Nadu, Kerala and the Union Territory of Puducherry are the first, after the state polls in Bihar, to be held during the pandemic.

    Polling will be held in 30 of the 294 constituencies of West Bengal and 47 of the 126 in Assam which together have 1.54 crore eligible voters who can exercise their franchise on Saturday. (PTI)

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  • March 26, 2021 / 10:31 PM IST

    Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE News Updates | Gadkari takes on Cong for its guarantee to nullify CAA in Assam if voted to power

    Senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari Friday lashed out at the Congress for its "guarantee" to the people of Assam of bringing in a legislation in the state assembly to nullify the Citizenship (Amendment) Act if voted to power in the state.

    The union road transport minister said Congress is engaged in opportunistic vote bank politics and has compromised the country's security by its minority appeasement. Without taking any name, he said some people and some party have supported infiltration in Assam and tried to give the infiltrators voting rights, which is not beneficial for the country.

    BJP's political agenda on the other hand is development, unity and security of the country and the party is fully committed to it, he said addressing poll rallies at Dharmapur and Golakganj and at a press conference here. "The CAA is a central law. No one can change it in an Assembly. Rahul Gandhi does not know that or what?" he said.

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  • March 26, 2021 / 10:20 PM IST

    Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | West Bengal BJP files a complaint with Chief Electoral Officer over the alleged killing of a BJP worker by TMC in Midnapore, reported news agency ANI.

  • March 26, 2021 / 09:45 PM IST

    Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates Left Front, ISF urge EC to ensure hotels in Bengal are not occupied by 'outsiders' during phase-1 polls

    The Left Front and the Indian Secular Front on Friday urged the Election Commission to ensure hotels and guest houses in constituencies in West Bengal going for polls on Saturday are not occupied by "outsiders". "We have seen hotels and guest houses are still being occupied by outsiders, including BJP leaders, in areas of the five districts where polling will take place in the first phase on March 27," CPI(M) leader Robin Dev told reporters here.

    Dev said a delegation of the Left Front and the ISF also called upon the EC to completely ban bike rallies instead of disallowing those 72 hours before polling. "This is departure from the EC''s earlier commitment of banning bike rallies, which intimidate people. We guess the decision was modified at the behest of a party organising road shows," he said.

    The delegation also asked for deployment of adequate forces in the 30 assembly seats going for polls. "TMC goons sheltered by the outgoing MLA of Canning East Saukat Molla are terrorising ISF and Left supporters in the area, including Jibontola in South 24 Parganas district," Dev claimed. "We voice apprehension that TMC will try to disrupt the proposed meeting of CPI(M) MP Mohammed Salim and Abbas Siddiqui of the ISF on Sunday in Jibontola," he added.

    PTI

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  • March 26, 2021 / 09:23 PM IST

     Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Kerala FM hits out at Centre over IT raid at KIIFB headquarters

    "It is a direct assault on the development of the state and an attempt to tarnish the credibility of a financial institution," Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac said, while reacting to the Income Tax raid at Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) headquarters.

  • March 26, 2021 / 07:44 PM IST

     Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Exit polls banned till 7:30 pm on April 29: EC

    "Election Commission of India has notified the period between 7 am on 27th March and 7:30 pm on 29th April, 2021, as the period during which conducting any exit poll and publishing result of exit poll shall be prohibited in the four states & UT where polls will held from tomorrow," the polling body said in a statement.

  • March 26, 2021 / 06:27 PM IST

     Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Hooliganism has increased in Nandigram at best of history sheeters: Dharmendra Pradhan

    "Hooliganism has increased here at behest of history sheeter, Sheikh Sufian, Abu Tahir, Sheikh Shahabuddin and Babul Akhtar. I met observer regarding this. I've requested him for prompt police action and that such goons be monitored and taken into custody," news agency ANI quoted Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan as saying.

  • March 26, 2021 / 06:06 PM IST

    Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | Suvendu Adhikari writes to EC seeking suspension of Haldia Addl SP for 'helping TMC in carrying out malpractices'

    Nandigram BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari writes to Election Commission, seeking suspension of Haldia Additional SP Partha Ghosh, Haldia SDPO Barunbaidya and some other officers of Nandigram Police Station "for helping TMC members in carrying out malpractices, irregularities during polls", news agency ANI reported.

  • March 26, 2021 / 05:05 PM IST

    TMC writes to Bengal's Chief Electoral Officer, alleges 'harbouring of criminals' by Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram## Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | TMC writes to Bengal's Chief Electoral Officer, alleges 'harbouring of criminals' by Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram

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  • March 26, 2021 / 04:57 PM IST

    Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | If Rahul Gandhi and Badruddin Ajmal form govt, intruders will snatch employment in Assam: Amit Shah

    "Rahul Gandhi says that Badaruddin Ajmal is the symbol of Assam. If Badaruddin Ajmal and Congress form govt, once again intruders will start intruding and snatch away employment of the youth of Assam," Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah said while campaigning Karimganj, according to news agency ANI.

  • March 26, 2021 / 04:05 PM IST

    Assembly Elections 2021 LIVE Updates | BJP will enact laws to check 'love and land jihad': Amit Shah at Assam poll rally

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah today said the BJP will enact laws to tackle the 'menace of love and land jihad' in Assam if it is voted to power.

    Addressing an election rally, Shah said appropriate laws and policies will be put in place to strengthen Assamese culture and civilisation.

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