Assembly Elections 2021 Highlights: The Congress Saturday released its first list of candidates 13 for the West Bengal elections. Earlier in the day, the BJP also released its first list of 57 candidates for the West Bengal Assembly elections later this month. The saffron party has pitted ex-TMC leader Suvendu Adhikari against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram.
Activist Akhil Gogoi, who is in jail since December 2019, will contest the upcoming elections in Assam as a candidate of his newly-floated political party Raijor Dal. Gogoi, who was booked under the stringent UAPA during the protests against the CAA in December 2019, will contest from Sibsagar, PTI reported.
Ahead of the Tamil Nadu Assembly polls, the ruling AIADMK allotted 20 seats as well as the Kanyakumari Lok Sabha seat to its ally BJP after several rounds of negotiations. In a statement, signed by AIADMK leaders O Panneerselvam and K Palaniswami, the party pledged full support to the candidates of the BJP in the polls.
Following a complaint by the Trinamool Congress earlier this week, the Election Commission has directed the Union Government to stop using images of PM Narendra Modi on Covid-19 vaccination certificates in poll-bound states.
Sources said the EC wrote to the Health Ministry on Friday reiterating its standing instructions against promoting the party in power through government means when the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) was in force.