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Chennai Hyderabad February 27 Highlights: Assembly polls to be held on April 6 in TN and Puducherry

Tamil Nadu Telangana Coronavirus Assembly Elections 2021 February 27 Highlights: Bihar model of elections will be followed in the state and union territory.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: March 1, 2021 9:23:12 am
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Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections COVID-19 February 27 Highlights: The Election Commission Friday announced that Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu and neighbouring Puducherry will be held on April 6. According to the EC, the Bihar model will be followed since the polls will be held amid the pandemic.

The Model Code of Conduct will come into force immediately after the announcement of the election dates, Sunil Arora, Chief Election Commissioner said during a press conference today.

Keen to wrest power from the ruling AIADMK in the forthcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly elections, the DMK has started distributing application forms seeking aspirants wishing to contest the polls on the party’s symbol –the ‘rising sun’. The process of handing out application forms has been underway since February 17. Sources said more than 5,000 applications have been distributed, so far. The party had, in a release, said those who wish to contest from general constituencies have to pay 25,000 rupees and those seeking to enter the fray from seats reserved for women or minorities would have to shell out Rs 15,000.

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18:30 (IST)26 Feb 2021
Veteran CPI leader D Pandian passes away

CPI veteran and the party's former state secretary D Pandian died in Chennai on Friday following illness, the party said. The 88-year old former MP was not keeping well and had been admitted to a government hospital where he breathed his last Friday.

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister K Palaniswami, DMK President M K Stalin, MDMK founder Vaiko, CPI (M)state secretary K Balakrishnan, Dravidar Kazhagam leader K Veeramani, BJP state President L Murugan, DMDK founder Vijayakant and Makkal Needhi Maiam founder Kamal Haasan condoled Pandian's death.

In his six decade-long political career, Pandian was an active trade union leader among others and had participated in Railway and port union activities, CPI state secretary R Mutharasan said in a party release. He represented the then North Madras Lok Sabha segment in 1989 and 1991.

Pandian headed the party's state unit from 2005 to 2015 and is hailed as a good orator while he had also written over 30 books and penned a number of articles in the party mouthpiece 'Jakansakthi.' He was in the forefront on issues like eradication of superstition, promoting science and social justice.

Pandian will be laid to rest near Usilampatti in Madurai on Saturday. (PTI)

17:54 (IST)26 Feb 2021
Guidelines by EC for upcoming elections

Keeping in mind that the elections will be held amid the pandemic, the EC has issued guidelines to be followed by candidates, EC officials and the public before and during the polls.

  • Door-to-door campaigning to be restricted to five persons including candidate.
  • Roadshows allowed
  • Separate norms for suspected Covid-19 patients.
  • Polling officials to be vaccinated.
17:52 (IST)26 Feb 2021
Puducherry Assembly polls to be held on April 6

Elections in the Union Territory of Puducherry will be held in a single phase on April 6.

  • Date of issue of gazette notification: March 12
  • Last date of nomination: March 19
  • Scrutiny of nomination: March 20
  • Last date of withdrawal of candidature: March 22
  • Dates of polling: April 6
  • Date of counting: May 2
17:47 (IST)26 Feb 2021
TN polls to be held on April 6

The Election Commission has announced that Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu will be held on April 6.

The election for  234 seats in Tamil Nadu will be held in a single phase. Here's the schedule: 

  • Date of issue of gazette notification: March 12
  • Last date of nomination: March 19
  • Scrutiny of nomination: March 20
  • Last date of withdrawal of candidature: March 22 
  • Dates of polling: April 6
  • Date of counting: May 2
17:35 (IST)26 Feb 2021
Amit Shah to address public meetings in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry on Sunday

Senior BJP leader and Union Home Minister Amit Shah will address public meetings in poll-bound Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Sunday. Party leaders said Shah will also take organisational meetings in both Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

Shah will leave for Tamil Nadu on Saturday and is scheduled to hold a public meeting in Karaikal in Puducherry on Sunday morning, followed by a 'Vijay Sankalp Rally' in Janakipuram in Villupuram district in Tamil Nadu, according to the schedule released by his office.

Besides this, Shah will also hold organisational meetings of the party's units of the state and the Union Territory. (PTI)

16:49 (IST)26 Feb 2021
Assembly poll dates today: Tamil Nadu rushes to announce new welfare schemes

Hours before the Election Commission is set to announce election dates at 4.30pm, the governments of West Bengal and Tamil Nadu rushed to announce new welfare schemes on Friday.

The Office of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced a new gold loan waiver scheme. the government said the scheme aims to alleviate the poor and women belonging to self-help groups. “They are being given a waiver of outstanding loans obtained from co-operative banks and co-operative societies”.

According to ANI, Puducherry Lt Governor announced a 2 perecent reduction in VAT (Value Added Tax) on petrol and diesel in the union territory.

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16:04 (IST)26 Feb 2021
CMRL awards staff for providing timely medical assistance to passenger on Wednesday

The Managing Director of Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) and other senior staff felicitated two employees for providing timely medical assistance to a commuter on Wednesday.

According to a release by CMRL, the passenger, who was travelling between Nehru Park and Egmore metro station had undergone a health emergency during transit. Following alert by other passengers travelling in the train, the train operator sought medical help at Egmore station. Once there, the Egmore station controller administered first aid to the passenger and later shifted him to the nearest hospital, thus saving his life.

The duo were recognised and awarded by CMRL today.

14:51 (IST)26 Feb 2021
EC to announce poll dates for Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and other poll-bound states at 4.30 pm today

The Election Commission will announce the schedule for assembly elections in West Bengal, Puducherry, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Assam at 4.30 pm today, Friday.

The terms of the legislative assemblies of the four states are coming to an end in May-June. After the Bihar assembly elections, which were held in November 2020, elections to these states will also be held amid the coronavirus pandemic. The poll body is expected to implement a similar protocol for voting.

Polls are to be held for 294 seats in West Bengal, 234 seats in Tamil Nadu, 140 seats in Kerala, 126 seats in Assam and 30 seats in Puducherry.

In Puducherry, President’s Rule has been imposed and the assembly kept under suspended animation after the V Narayanasamy-led Congress government resigned earlier this week ahead of a vote of confidence.

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13:30 (IST)26 Feb 2021
Twitter user shares pic of ‘croissant vada pav’, leaves netizens divided online

It has been proved many times over that trawling the internet can often end up with unappetising results for food purists. The most recent addition to this list is, of course, the one that marries our humble vada pav with the French croissant. The croissant vada pav is an international take on our humble street food. Keeping the aloo vada intact, instead of buttered pao, the chef here took creative liberty and swapped it with buttered croissants! 

Twitter user Sudatta (@iSudatta), who came across it took a screenshot and shared it online saying: “I have died reading Croissant Vada Pav”. Quite naturally, it caught the attention on foodies online and most were not sure how they feel about it and wondered who is responsible for this creation. 

In case, you are intrigued by it too, it’s from The Dining Room – Park Hyatt in Guindy, Chennai. Served with lehsun ki chutney, spiced chilli and mint chutney, it’s one of the recommended dishes by the restaurant.

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13:10 (IST)26 Feb 2021
RPF seizes bag with explosives from TN woman at Kozhikode railway station

The Railway Police Force (RPF) Friday confiscated a bag from the Chennai-Mangalore Express at Kozhikode railway station, which contained 117 gelatin sticks and 350 detonators. The bag was found under a seat in the D1 coach of the train.

A woman from Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu, identified as Ramani, who had bought a ticket from Katpadi to Thalassery, claimed ownership of the bag. She said the items were to be used to break rocks and dig a well in Thalassery. She was taken into custody and questioned by the police.

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12:39 (IST)26 Feb 2021
“National Medical Commission will bring great transparency,” says PM Modi

The government is transforming the entire medical education and healthcare sector and the National Medical Commission would bring great transparency, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday.

“Friends we are transforming the entire medical education and healthcare sector,” he said addressing the 33rd convocation of the state-run Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University through video conferencing.

The National Medical Commission would bring great transparency and also rationalise norms to set up new medical colleges, he noted. “It will also improve the quality and availability of human resources in this sector.”

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12:25 (IST)26 Feb 2021
After MGR photo in BJP video, Kamaraj cutout at PM Modi’s TN rally

Two months after the BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit faced a backlash from ally AIADMK for using an image of party founder M G Ramachandran in a teaser video for a BJP event, there were huge cutouts of MGR as well as K Kamaraj, a veteran Congress leader and former Chief Minister, at the venue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Coimbatore on Thursday.

Congress leaders called it shameful, saying that Kamaraj had been subjected to an attack by the RSS. However, an RSS leader denied that the organisation had any role in the attack and said there was nothing wrong in the decision to use a cutout of the leader.

Read moreMeanwhile, EVKS Elangovan, one of the senior-most Congress leaders in Tamil Nadu and the former chief of Tamil Nadu Congress Party, told The Indian Express that BJP and RSS have no right to use the image of a leader whom they tried to kill once. “When he (Kamaraj) was the president of All Indian Congress Committee (AICC), RSS people tried to kill him in Delhi because he was from Tamil Nadu. They have no right to use his picture now,” Elangovan said.

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12:05 (IST)26 Feb 2021
250 fever clinics conducted in Chennai on Thursday

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) conducted 250 fever clinics in Chennai on Thursday. A total of 17,684 people attended the clinics, with swabs collected from 84 people who were identified with ILI symptoms, while others were provided with medication for minor ailments.

The most number of camps were held in Tondiarpet (Zone 4) where 39 camps had been set up, while Manali (Zone 2) had the least with three camps.

11:37 (IST)26 Feb 2021
PM Modi to address convocation ceremony of Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the 33rd convocation ceremony of the Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University via video-conferencing on Friday, his office said.

A total of 17,591 candidates will be conferred with degrees and diplomas at the convocation ceremony. The governor of Tamil Nadu will also be present on the occasion.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the 33rd convocation of the Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University on February 26, 2021 at 11 am via video-conferencing," the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said. (PTI)

11:35 (IST)26 Feb 2021
Stalin hits out at EPS' move to raise retirement age of govt employees to 60 years

DMK president M K Stalin Thursday hit out at Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami for raising the retirement age of government employees to 60 years, saying the announcement was made with an eye on the forthcoming assembly elections in the state.

"Raising the retirement age is welcome, albeit the announcement made for the election," the DMK leader said in a Facebook post on Thursday. He said the chief minister should have fixed the age criteria of 60 years, when he had increased the retirement age to 59 from 58 years in May last year.

He said it was also necessary to increase employment opportunities for the educated youth, who are anxious about their future and have high expectations, and to devise strategies to safeguard their employment prospects. 

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu Government Employees Association (TNGEA) took exception to the decision to further enhance the retirement age of state government employees and claimed the move will affect the job prospects of several youths. (PTI)

11:17 (IST)26 Feb 2021
Udhayanidhi Stalin seeks to contest from Chepauk- Thiruvallikeni seat

DMK youth wing secretary and M K Stalin's son Udhayanidhi Stalin is seeking to contest from the city's Chepauk-Thiruvallikeni constituency in the upcoming Assembly elections for which the schedule is yet to be announced.

On Thursday, he drove to Anna Arivalayam, the party headquarters, and submitted papers seeking party ticket to contest from the constituency which had returned to DMK's J Anbazhagan in the 2011 and 2016 assembly polls.

Udhyanidhi has been playing an active role in politics, shouldering the responsibility of campaigning for party candidates.

"I have expressed my wish to contest from Chepauk-Thiruvallikeni constituency. It is up to our party president and general secretary (Duraimurugan) to decide," the 43-year old Udhayanidhi told reporters after submitting his papers. (PTI)

10:51 (IST)26 Feb 2021
DMK-Congress leaders meet to discuss about how to loot: PM Modi in Chennai

Attacking the DMK-Congress alliance in poll-bound Tamil Nadu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said a meeting of DMK and Congress leaders in Tamil Nadu would be like a “corruption hackathon” and their leaders often meet only to discuss “how to loot”.

Addressing a huge gathering at Coimbatore, Modi said the nation is seeing two distinct styles of politics these days. “Misgovernance with corruption by the opposition, and governance with compassion by NDA. Both are very different,” Modi said.

He said what matters to the Opposition is their personal gains to “fill up their pockets”. “Those who are with the most innovative ideas (to loot) are given posts in ministries. Opposition style of politics is based on bullying and harassment. Whenever DMK comes to power, they promote a strong man culture. In every district, they have anti-social elements who trouble innocent citizens. Their party leaders extort money. Do you know who suffers the most in such a culture? It is the women of Tamil Nadu. Entire Tamil Nadu knows how DMK treated Amma Jayalalithaa Ji,” Modi said.

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10:39 (IST)26 Feb 2021
Over 1 lakh passengers travelled by Chennai metro on Thursday during transport strike

With the transport strike by unions keeping buses off the roads in Tamil Nadu on Thursday, Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) had come to the aid of commuters in Chennai, with train services extended and the frequency of trains increased to cater to commuters needs.

According to CMRL, a total of 1,08,691 passengers had travelled via Chennai metro on Thursday alone. Among these, 15,148 passengers had travelled from seven stations along the Phase 1 extension.

10:25 (IST)26 Feb 2021
In Sattur rerun, explosion at Tamil Nadu cracker factory kills 5, injures 13

Days after a devastating fire ripped through a cracker factory near Sattur district of Tamil Nadu, leaving over 20 people dead, another blast wrought similar mayhem inside a fireworks unit at Kalayarkurichi village in Sivakasi district of Tamil Nadu on Thursday.


Putting the toll at five, including three women, police said 13 people also received injuries in the blast at the Thangaraj fireworks unit. Over 40 fire department personnel battled the blaze and district police officers were also at the scene.


As many as 10 rooms at the unit were completely gutted, said Virudhunagar SP P Perumal, adding the fire had been put out. “Rescue work is underway. More than 13 people were injured in the incident. Some of them were rushed to Madurai hospital, while the rest were admitted to the Sivakasi Government Hospital,” he said.

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10:00 (IST)26 Feb 2021
Owaisi slams TMC govt for not allowing his rally in Kolkata

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday blasted the Kolkata Police for ‘denying’ permission for his rally in the poll-bound West Bengal capital and mocked at ruling TMC MPs for talking about democracy in Parliament.

The Hyderabad MP, whose party has decided to contest the polls in the eastern state, claimed permission was denied for the rally scheduled for Thursday without assigning any reason.

“You (Trinamool Congress Government) allow (Union Home Minister) Amit Shah to hold a public rally. You allow BJP to hold public rallies. Congress and Left hold rallies. But not MIM. Why?…” he asked.

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MGR, Tamil Nadu MGR’s cutout was also installed at Modi’s rally venue in Coimbatore.

Two months after the BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit faced a backlash from ally AIADMK for using an image of party founder M G Ramachandran in a teaser video for a BJP event, there were huge cutouts of MGR as well as K Kamaraj, a veteran Congress leader and former Chief Minister, at the venue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Coimbatore on Thursday. Congress leaders called it shameful, saying that Kamaraj had been subjected to an attack by the RSS. However, an RSS leader denied that the organisation had any role in the attack and said there was nothing wrong in the decision to use a cutout of the leader.

READ | After MGR photo in BJP video, Kamaraj cutout at PM Modi’s TN rally

Also Read | Commuters, students bear the brunt as TN transport workers strike over wage demands

Days after a devastating fire ripped through a cracker factory near Sattur district of Tamil Nadu, leaving over 20 people dead, another blast wrought similar mayhem inside a fireworks unit at Kalayarkurichi village in Sivakasi district of Tamil Nadu on Thursday. Putting the toll at five, including three women, police said 13 people also received injuries in the blast at the Thangaraj fireworks unit. Over 40 fire department personnel battled the blaze and district police officers were also at the scene.

READ | In Sattur rerun, explosion at Tamil Nadu cracker factory kills 5, injures 13

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